Internal audit shows OC botched Bustamante probe

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(AP) – An internal audit shows Orange County officials botched the sexual harassment investigation of former public works executive Carlos Bustamante. Bustamante was arrested in July on charges of sexual assault, false imprisonment, stalking and battery of seven female county employees over an eight-year period.

The Los Angeles Times says the audit shows there were many complaints against Bustamante but it was a year before the case was sent to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors say Bustamante called women into his office under the pretense of discussing work and then hugged, kissed and groped them and sometimes masturbated in front of them.

The audit says the county investigation was poorly handled and the probe itself puts the county at risk of being sued.

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