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Efren Carrillo pleads not guilty to peeking charge

By PAUL PAYNE & BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of misdemeanor peeking, five months after being arrested partially clothed outside a Santa Rasa woman’s home.

A lawyer for Carrillo, 32, appeared before Judge Lawrence Antolini and entered the plea on his behalf. Carrillo did not attend the hearing.

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, center, talks briefly with his parents, Margarita and Efren Carrillo, Sr., after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.  (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/ PD)

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, center, talks briefly with his parents, Margarita and Efren Carrillo, Sr., after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/ PD)

Antolini set a trial for Feb. 28, but ordered both sides to try to reach a settlement and return to court Jan. 17 to report any resolution.

Carrillo’s lawyer, Chris Andrian, wouldn’t say whether the talks would focus on a lesser charge or a reduced punishment. Carrillo faces up to six months in jail if convicted.

“I’ll hear them out. They’ll hear me out. We’ll see how it goes,” Andrian said.

Prosecutor Cody Hunt has said he was optimistic about a pre-trial settlement. He is expected to participate in talks along with a supervisor from the state Attorney General’s Office.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the unidentified woman expressed disappointment that the process was taking so long.

“If he was truly remorseful, he would have taken responsibility by now,” attorney Rosanne Darling said.

She said her client was prepared to testify. The woman has not initiated any civil action, Darling said.

“She has to take this one step at a time,” Darling said.

Carrillo, who had ambitions for higher office, was arrested in early morning hours of July 13 after a woman called 911 to report someone outside her home at Stony Point Road and West Third Street.

She reported someone tried to get into her window and that she was awakened by the sound of window blinds being moved.

The woman called 911 a second time 10 minutes later to say the person had knocked on her front door, identified himself as a neighbor and ran away.

Officers arrived and found a torn window screen. Carrillo was in the area, clad in just socks and underwear, carrying a cellphone.

He was arrested on suspicion of prowling and burglary after being unable to provide a clear explanation for his behavior. Police at the time said they believed he was attempting a sexual assault.

Carrillo posted bail within hours and reportedly checked into an alcohol treatment facility. He remained in seclusion for five weeks.

He returned to his job as 5th District Supervisor in August and made an emotional apology at his first board meeting.

“The hurt that I have caused ripples out in so many directions,” he said.

In November, after three delays, a special prosecutor for the state Attorney General filed misdemeanor peeking charges against Carrillo. A felony conviction would have resulted in removal from office.

Critics and opponents of Carrillo are holding their third public forum Monday to gather input and discuss his potential recall. He has been asked to resign by labor groups and other political foes but has indicated he has no plans to step down.

Organizers of the forum at the Finley Center at 6:30 p.m. have said they have not heard if Carrillo plans to attend. He has not attended the previous two forums.

“This is an opportunity for the supervisor to meet with voters in his district to discuss the issues that concern them,” Alice Chan, a member of Citizens for Accountability, said in a written statement.

 





19 Responses to “Efren Carrillo pleads not guilty to peeking charge”

  1. ZERO Representation says:

    @ Francis

    You have taken former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s comment out of context. She didn’t say what difference does it make if the four Americans were killed. She said “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” Clinton asked the Republican Senator. “It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.”

    What difference does it make whether or not Mr. Carrillo gets rightfully charged for his illegal actions? It makes a lot of difference. Do you really think had it been you that your hand would be simply slapped?

    What about the poor woman that was terrorized not once but twice? How would you feel if this woman had been your sister, your mother or your neighbor?

    Mr. Carrillo belongs in jail not representing the people of Sonoma County.

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  2. Francis says:

    As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after the terrorist attack on our Benghazi outpost which killed four of our citizens, “what difference does it make.” It is all in the past.

    If Clinton was right, then what difference does it make to prosecute our Supervisor, Mr. Efren Carrillo?

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  3. Steveguy says:

    Lessor charge sought ? If it was John Q. Public the charges would include trespassing, disturbing the peace, destruction of private property, and others that they can think of.

    I don’t think that gallivanting around in underwear and socks in the middle of the night is illegal.

    They overcharge the citizens, and undercharge our overlords. Money talks. He walks.

    What a pathetic man, recall him !

    You all do realize that the police deemed him NOT intoxicated. He was NOT drunk.

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  4. ZERO Representation says:

    @Francis

    This last summer is hardly a long time ago. Just how has Mr. Carrillo paid his dues? Has he served any time? No.

    Does he still have his job representing his community after breaking into a neighbors window? Yes.

    Let’s not beat around the bush… Has the victim received justice? NO.

    Mr. Carrillo’s dues will not be paid until he serves time for his crime just like any other citizen would do.

    A slap on a hand for his behavior is unacceptable.

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  5. GAJ says:

    Yes PD, how dare you keep reporting on a current and evolving story that will not be resolved until 2014.

    Taxpayers evidently shouldn’t be allowed to comment on the conduct of elected officials.

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  6. Francis says:

    This all happened a long time ago. Time to forget and forgive. Stop reporting and dragging out yesterday’s news. Efren has paid his dues.

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  7. Robert James says:

    You rip off a window Screen and they call that peeping. Who else should be in Jail?

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  8. James Bennett says:

    You know you have a rogue local government when…

    ^Insert Andy Lopez of Efren Carrillo^ stories here.

    Or a host of other stories kept from public purview.

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  9. Chuck G says:

    One word comes to mind…COWARD

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  10. steve humphrey says:

    The movie “A Time to Kill” is about a young black child who is brutally raped and killed in a southern state by two white local men and the girls father’s vengeance against them. In the end, her father is vindicated of shooting both men when his attorney brilliantly paints the story of the little girl’s ordeal, then closes with “imagine if this little girl were white”.

    Well… imagine if Carrillo wasn’t a Supervisor.

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  11. Big Fish says:

    We all know what Carrillo did but if you want to be outraged look at the immoral and corrupt political system that will see that he goes unpunished. This is more dangerous to not only the particular women but all women and other citizens as well. There is no evidence so he will get off with a slight sentence to include probation. He will stay on BOS vote liberal left give a statement that life is starting over and he’s going to do good things. Expect him to get re-elected. They need that vote to for higher ups to make the deals and the money.

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  12. Jeff Mayo says:

    If this happened to John Q, Citizen..
    He would’nt stand a chance in the courts.
    This is just another fine example of how un-balanced our system has become.
    Afterall..Carrillo was caught dead to rights.
    In my oppinion..he should have been history months ago.

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  13. GAJ says:

    I hope it goes to trial…but it likely won’t.

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  14. Grapevines says:

    Captain “Whitewashed” Peeking-Underpants has no honor. He knows that the “prosecutor” has been bought off by the good ol boy network that’s backing his worthless butt.

    Peeking?? How does one even prove that unless they are caught dead in the act? Peeking does not leave “eye prints”

    Captain “Whitewashed” Peeking-Underpants knows this is going to come out in his favor and has no sympathy for the woman he terrorized.

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  15. Elephant says:

    “If he was truly remorseful, he would have taken responsibility by now,” attorney Rosanne Darling said.

    I couldn’t agree more.

    “Carrillo posted bail within hours and reportedly checked into an alcohol treatment facility.”

    The key word there is REPORTEDLY. We have no proof that Carrillo didn’t just go on paid vacation.

    I am so glad that Carrillo plead not guilty. Maybe, just maybe he’ll go to court and some of the truth about this mess will come out. And the best part is that neither he nor his handlers realize that the longer that this drags on, the worse the outcome for him will be.

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  16. James Bennett says:

    Wonder what exchange of money and/or threats took place with the mystery woman?

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  17. James Bennett says:

    Wonder who’s paying Chris Andrian’s fees?

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  18. Papa ESoCo says:

    “Captain Underpants”, still bobbing and weaving, attempting to escape any consequences. Looks like the “so-called” Prosecutor is leaning to a mild slap in the wrist. Asking again; where is “Justice” for “The Captains” victim??? This Clown show has gone on far too long and Justice is left twisting in the wind of Political manipulation. What a sad, sickening soap opera is Sonoma County Politics and Politicians.

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  19. Reality Check says:

    Makes sense. How ya’ gonna prove he peeked?

    The charges are the least credible of those possible. Given the clear evidence of an attempt to break in, the DA must have gone through legal contortions to have avoided the obvious.

    Now, of course, they’re going to bargained down to something even more trivial. What a whitewash.

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