Prosecutors on Friday again delayed deciding whether to file criminal charges against Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, drawing a sharp response from critics including the lawyer for a Santa Rosa woman police contend was the target of an attempted sexual assault.
It was the third postponement requested by prosecutors since Carrillo’s arrest in July on suspicion of prowling and burglary. Officers responding to early morning 911 calls from the woman found the 32-year-old supervisor nearby in just his socks and underwear and carrying a cellphone.
Her bedroom window screen was torn, police said.
Efren Carrillo In Court 10.11.13
Cody Hunt, a lawyer for the state Attorney General’s Office, said the investigation is ongoing and he needed more time to determine what charges, if any, would be filed.
He said his office had just received unspecified documents related to the case and he expected a decision “shortly.”
“We’re working diligently, your honor,” Hunt told Judge Gary Medvigy.
The woman’s lawyer, former Sonoma County prosecutor Rosanne Darling, told Medvigy that her client is frustrated by the time it is taking and fears the delay is related to Carrillo’s political position.
“We believe another delay offends her dignity and her right to be heard,” Darling said.
Medvigy said he was powerless to speed the process and set the next court date for Nov. 1.
Carrillo declined to comment on the proceeding or Darling’s statements. He would be removed from office if convicted of a felony.
“I cannot comment on the legal case,” he said outside the courthouse. “There’s a process in place and I just can’t comment.”
His lawyer, Chris Andrian, rejected the suggestion that politics played a role in the delay. He said Darling asked for many similar delays in her time as a prosecutor.