Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo emerged from seclusion Thursday and walked into a courtroom, red-eyed and ashen-faced, for his first public appearance since his weekend arrest on suspicion of prowling and burglary.
In a brief hearing, prosecutors requested more time to determine what, if any, charges should be filed against the two-term supervisor.
"There is not going to be a complaint filed today, your honor," prosecutor Cody Hunt, a Napa County deputy district attorney handling the case, told the court.
Judge Gary Medvigy agreed to postpone Carrillo's arraignment until Aug. 30, a date mutually acceptable to both Hunt and Carrillo's defense attorney, Chris Andrian.
Just a week ago, Carrillo, 32, a rising Latino star in the Democratic Party, was on the short list of those considering a shot at the state Legislature next year.
On Thursday morning, the gregarious politician cut a somber figure in Sonoma County Superior Court.
He uttered few words outside of those he shared with his attorney. None of his family members or political supporters were present during the hour he spent at the courthouse.
Police have alleged that Carrillo tried to break into a woman's bedroom window with the intent of carrying out some type of sexual assault.
Carrillo said in a brief statement over the weekend that his behavior was "embarrassing" and "involved alcohol." Andrian said although he believed Carrillo had gone to the woman's apartment to suggest sharing drinks, he had no intent to assault her.
Outside the courtroom, Carrillo refused to answer questions from a reporter, including whether he planned to resign or had anything to say to his constituents or the alleged victim.
Medvigy ordered Carrillo, 32, to stay away from the woman who made the 3:40 a.m. 911 call to report a shirtless man had tried to break into her bedroom window. Carrillo was wearing just underwear and socks when he was arrested by Santa Rosa police in the area of West Third Street and Stony Point Road, within a block of his rented apartment on Brockhurst Drive.
Carrillo, who represents the west county, stood before Medvigy in a tan jacket and checkered blue dress shirt, his eyes red and swollen.
He listened to the judge's instructions that he stay away from the alleged victim and turn away if he sees her in their west Santa Rosa neighborhood. The judge also ordered Carrillo to refrain from using social media to contact her or having a third party contact the woman on his behalf.
"Yes, your honor," Carrillo said, agreeing to the additional condition on his $40,000 bail.
The woman was referred to as "Jane Doe" in court.
The proceedings started in the courtroom of Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite. However, Thistlethwaite recused herself from hearing the case because Carrillo's attorney Chris Andrian was co-chair of her election campaign. Andrian protested, but Thistlethwaite insisted.
"I am recusing myself from the Mr. Carrillo matter," she said.
Her decision prompted an immediate shift of the proceeding from one end of the courthouse to another.
Carrillo and Andrian led the small procession, talking quietly to one another as they made their way down the busy hallway to Medvigy's department.
The proceeding before Medvigy lasted no more than five minutes.
Andrian asked the judge to clarify the requirement that Carrillo keep a 100-foot distance from the woman. The supervisor and the alleged victim live within 100 feet of each other.