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Supervisors, constituents speak out on Efren Carrillo's arrest

  • 4th District Supervisor Mike McGuire makes a comment about the recent arrest of Efren Carrillo during the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors' meeting in Santa Rosa, California on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

His supporters say the latest allegations, though serious, remain simply that until charges are actually filed.

"I'm one of these people who like to see what the outcome is before I prejudge," said Martin Webb, a former Analy High School principal and volunteer on Carrillo's campaigns. "This could be resolved and he'll be able to move on."

The new obstacles come, however, as Carrillo is bypassed for leadership posts on the county board and as some of his current assignments face potential reshuffling to other board members.

Supervisors Comment On Efren Carrillo

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Those four supervisors began Tuesday's meeting with an extraordinary 10 minutes in which each shared reactions, some of them biting, to the 32-year-old supervisor's arrest.

Board Chairman David Rabbitt led the comments, reading from a prepared statement in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

"I do believe I share my fellow colleagues' feelings and sentiments in this matter when I say how horribly disappointed and dismayed I felt when I heard about this incident," Rabbitt said.

He had planned the remarks last week to address what he called the "elephant in the room" — Carrillo's arrest and extended absence from county business, which could last until mid-August. Carrillo is said to be in treatment for a reported drinking problem and did not attend the meeting. His district director, Susan Upchurch, said his office would have no comment Tuesday.

Rabbitt's remarks turned first to concern for the woman who called 911 twice in the early morning of July 13 to report that a man — later identified as Carrillo, according to police — had tried to break in to her west Santa Rosa home. Carrillo was detained in the area, within a block of his rented Brockhurst Drive apartment, wearing only his underwear and socks and carrying a cellphone.

Unmentioned but implicit in the board comments were details of the most serious allegations: Police said the incident, which left a torn screen on the woman's bedroom window, had the marks of an attempt at some type of sexual assault. Authorities have not identified the woman for that reason.

"I hope and trust she is receiving the support she deserves and the trauma of the evening fades as quickly as possible," Rabbitt said.


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