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Police tapes: Efren Carrillo calls attempt to contact neighbor 'misperception'

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo blamed a "misperception" for a predawn visit he made last summer to a woman neighbor's home clad only in his socks and underwear.

In police interviews he gave after his July 13 arrest, the 5th District supervisor described a friendly acquaintance with the west Santa Rosa neighbor that included him bringing her a bottle of wine when she moved in and bumping into each other at a downtown nightclub.

The night of his arrest, Carrillo said he returned home from the same club, Space XXV, about 2:30 a.m. after his girlfriend dropped him off. He spotted his neighbor's kitchen light on and decided to go have a drink with her, he said, although he told police he could not remember her name.

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Bare-chested and with beers in hand, he told officers he walked over and knocked on a sliding-glass door near her back porch. He knocked again on her front door and identified himself as "Efren, your neighbor," when she asked who it was.

But he heard a man's voice through the door, assumed he wasn't welcome and decided to leave, he said.

Carrillo was stopped by two police officers responding to the woman's 911 calls as he neared his own apartment. When he couldn't explain why he was half-dressed, they detained him. He later was arrested.

He faces a single misdemeanor count of peeking, which carries a maximum six-month jail sentence.

"In retrospect I should have had my pants on," Carrillo told the officers.

The recordings of Carrillo's statements to police were played in open court Friday as prosecutors and his defense lawyer sorted through evidence that could be presented at trial. Testimony is expected to begin next week.

Carrillo, who pleaded not guilty and is rejecting demands to resign from office, listened quietly from the defense table as the recordings were played. He declined to comment as he left the courthouse.


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