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Efren Carrillo speaks out on arrest in return to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

  • Supervisor Efren Carrillo attends his first Board of Supervisors meeting since his July arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (KENT PORTER/ PD)

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo began an attempt to reboot his political career Tuesday by returning to public duties, voicing remorse and offering a general apology in his first public comments on his July 13 prowling and burglary arrest.

In a nine-minute prepared statement at his first Board of Supervisors meeting in more than a month, Carrillo said he had disappointed his constituents, his family and himself.

“I'm not asking for forgiveness,” he said. “There's nobody to blame but me. I take full responsibility for my situation.”

Supervisor Efren Carrillo Back At Work

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The public appearance, the first since Carrillo's initial July 18 court date, brought an abrupt end to a five-week period in which he said he had been in treatment for alcohol abuse.

Carrillo, fighting back tears at times, read the statement before a packed audience of at least 100 people. The comments came during the part of the board agenda reserved for routine announcements. Carrillo's turn — in no way routine Tuesday — came last among the three other supervisors present.

VIDEO: Efren Carrillo's statement to the Board of Supervisors

In a dead-quiet room, he began by acknowledging the wide criticism of his behavior, conduct that he said had let his constituents, his county colleagues and his family down.

“The hurt that I have caused ripples out in so many directions,” he said. “To each and all whom I hurt, I apologize.”

He acknowledged the reported victim in his case, a female neighbor who made two predawn 911 calls to report a man, later identified as the 32-year-old county supervisor, who police said had tried to enter the woman's home through a bedroom window.

While not detailing his specific actions, he suggested his behavior had undermined the woman's “absolute right to enjoy the peace and quiet of her home.”

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