- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former Orange County public works administrator who served jail time for sex crimes against county workers has lost a chunk of his pension benefits.

The county’s Employees Retirement System board on Monday stripped Carlos Bustamante of credit for the years he worked while committing the crimes.

The Orange County Register newspaper says (https://bit.ly/2ehzJJK) Bustamante appeared before the board to argue that he should receive his full pension. He suggested he was being politically targeted by having his benefits reduced.

The board unanimously voted that he will not receive credit for the 2 ½ years he worked after July 2009 - the earliest known date of his criminal activity.

Bustamante served about six months after pleading guilty to several counts including assault.

Prosecutors said he hugged, kissed and groped employees in his office.


Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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