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Political allies, critics react to Efren Carrillo verdict

  • Supervisor Efren Carrillo embraces his family after not guilty verdicts were handed down on all counts on Carrillo's peeking trial, Monday April 28, 2014, in Sonoma County Superior Court. (KENT PORTER/ PD)

A jury may have acquitted Efren Carrillo of criminal wrongdoing Monday, but some members of the public and his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors may not be so forgiving.

The account that emerged over three days of testimony apparently convinced 12 Sonoma County residents that the 5th District supervisor didn't attempt to peek into the home of his neighbor while wearing only his socks and underwear.

But Carrillo's admissions that he was hoping to have sex with a woman he barely knew and was narcissistic enough to believe she might welcome him have further clouded his political future.

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Third District Supervisor Shirlee Zane stopped short of calling on Carrillo to resign. She excoriated her colleague Monday for behaviors she said make him unfit for public office.

However, late Monday evening Zane called for Carrillo's resignation on her Facebook page.

“Any man who treats a woman like an object has completely and utterly disqualified himself from leadership ...and I have witnessed him do this stone sober, and confronted him. So let me be perfectly clear.... Resign, resign, resign, resign.....and one more time for his victim....resign.”

Earlier Zane called the jury's decision “irrelevant” to the broader question of whether Carrillo deserves the public's trust in the face of the “abominable” actions that made a woman feel terrorized in her own home.

“I think what matters is his immoral and unethical behavior that is without excuse,” Zane said. “I think a man who sees a woman as an object disqualifies himself from leadership.”

Even after all that had been publicized about the incident prior to trial, Zane said she was “shocked” by Carrillo's testimony. After getting dropped off by his girlfriend at his apartment complex July 13, he took off most of his clothes, got a couple of beers and walked over to his neighbor's apartment, where he put his hand through her bedroom window screen as she slept, according to court testimony.

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