SANTA ROSA - The woman who lived in the apartment that Supervisor Efren Carrillo allegedly peeked into believes the misdemeanor peeking charge is "inadequate" but she is relieved Carrillo has "been brought to justice," her attorney Rosanne T. Darling said this afternoon.
The state Attorney General's Office today filed a misdemeanor peeking charge against Carrillo in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Carrillo said late this afternoon he will attend his arraignment Friday at 8:30 a.m.
The complaint alleges Carrillo, 32, on or about July 13 "unlawfully, while loitering, prowling and wandering upon the private property of another, Jane Doe, did peek in the door and window of an inhabited building and structure located thereon without visible and lawful business with the owner and occupant thereof."
Had Carrillo been convicted of a felony, he could have been removed from office.
Santa Rosa police arrested Carrillo on July 13 on suspicion of prowling and attempted burglary at the woman's apartment in the area of Stony Point Road and West Third Street in west Santa Rosa.
The unidentified woman called police around 3:40 a.m. to report someone tried to enter her bedroom window. She called police again while they were responding and said someone knocked on her door, identified himself as a neighbor and ran away.
Carrillo, the county's 5th District supervisor who lived nearby on Brockhurst Drive, was in his socks and underwear and was carrying a cellphone when he was arrested at the scene.
Santa Rosa police Sgt. Terry Anderson said the screen on the woman's bedroom window had been torn enough to allow someone to reach through it and partially open the window.
The woman said she was awakened by the sound of window blinds being moved, Anderson said.
Darling said, "It seems odd a vandalism charge was not filed but that is the purview of the Attorney General's Office and I can't comment on that."
The court hearing for the filing of charges was postponed three times since July.
"If that's what they charged, it makes you wonder why there were all the continuances," Darling said.
Carrillo entered an alcohol treatment center for five weeks after his arrest. He publicly apologized and disclosed he is a binge drinker when he unexpectedly returned to the Board of Supervisors at a meeting on Aug. 20.
He said this afternoon he remains focused on his treatment getting back to work.
Carrillo's attorney Chris Andrian said this afternoon he could not comment on the complaint.
Napa County Deputy District Attorney Cody Hunt is prosecuting the case for the Attorney General's Office.
The Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said she is not prosecuting Carrillo to avoid a conflict of interest.
Ravitch said the Board of Supervisors oversees and votes on her office's budget. Ravitch and Carrillo are political allies.
A decision whether charges will be filed by the state Attorney General's Office has been postponed three times since Carrillo's arrest.