- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California politician charged with being a peeping Tom has testified in court that he visited a neighbor in the middle of the night wearing only his socks and underwear but that he never peeked into her windows.

Taking the witness stand Thursday, Santa Rosa Supervisor Efren Carrillo, 33, blamed his ego and drunkenness for the bizarre July 13 visit to the woman’s apartment and admitted he hoped to have drinks and sex with her.

“I was egotistical. I was self-centered. I had a very inflated opinion of myself,” Carrillo said. “I thought Ms. Jane Doe and other women looked at me with my own inflated perspective.”

Carrillo insisted that he never attempted to leer through the woman’s window after stripping down to his underwear and going to her apartment.

Prosecutors challenged his account.

Carrillo was arrested after the woman called 911. A jury must decide if he is guilty of misdemeanor peeking.

Before the incident, Carrillo had been considered a rising star in California’s Democratic Party.

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