Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo appeared in a Santa Rosa
courtroom this morning after allegedly being found prowling outside a woman's
home over the weekend, but is not yet facing charges in the case.
Carrillo, 32, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of
felony burglary and misdemeanor prowling at a woman's residence in the area
of Stony Point Road and West Third Street in west Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa police Sgt. Terry Anderson said the woman's bedroom
window screen had been torn enough that someone could reach through it and
partially open the bedroom window.
The woman said she was awakened by the
sound of window blinds moving. She called police at about 3:40 a.m.
The woman told investigators that after she called police, the
prowler knocked on her front door and identified himself as a neighbor before
he ran away, Anderson said.
Police said Carrillo was wearing only socks and underwear when he
walked toward responding officers with his cellphone.
After his arrest, Carrillo, who has entered an alcohol treatment
center, released a statement saying, "I realize that my behavior was
embarrassing. It involved alcohol and I'm taking immediate steps to seek
Carrillo's attorney, Chris Andrian, said he has advised the 5th
District supervisor not to comment further on his arrest or whether he
intends to resign.
Earlier this week, Andrian said he doesn't believe Carrillo
intended to break into the home or sexually assault the woman.
Santa Rosa police summoned a domestic violence and sexual assault
detective to the scene Saturday.
At Carrillo's hearing this morning, Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite
recused herself because Andrian worked on her election campaign.
Thistlethwaite sent the case to Judge Gary Medvigy.
Deputy District Attorney Cody Hunt, who was appointed by the state attorney
general's office to prosecute the case on its behalf, told Medvigy the
prosecution was not ready to file charges.
Hunt and Andrian agreed on Aug. 30 as the next court date.
After the hearing this morning, Hunt said the prosecution needs
time to make a decision about whether charges will be filed and if so, what
those charges will be.
Carrillo, who looked tired and had visible redness under his eyes
this morning, is out of custody.
Medvigy ordered him not to contact the woman involved in
Saturday's incident directly or indirectly, including on social media sites,
and to stay 100 feet away from her.
Carrillo lives near the woman's residence, and the judge's order
does not prohibit him from returning to his home after he leaves the
Medvigy also said the fact that he himself resides in west Sonoma
County, which is included in the 5th District, will not affect his ability to
preside over the proceedings.