Sheriff Carona Kicks Off Re-Election Effort

Things are heating over at the Orange County Sheriff’s office. And just in time, if you ask me. With the presidential election over, the wheels seemingly falling off Arnold’s revolution, and the Haidl trial now over, I was beginning to think things were on the verge of settling down. Then I heard a report on La Causa on KPFK of the goings on in the Sheriff’s office. We already know of the formal charges against former Asst. Sheriff George Jaramillo — misappropriation of funds and conflict of interest. Penny ante stuff that deserves to be to prosecuted but, quite frankly, just isn’t that entertaining. But the plot has become steamier. According to published reports in the Orange County Register, Sheriff Carona claims that Jaramillo “showed him sexually explicit photos of [Erica] Hill” (Jaramillo’s sister- in-law) and that “he saw the two engaged in sexual activities.” In addition, sheriff’s detective Bud Hood testified before the grand jury that “Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo carried a binder of nude photos of his sexual ‘conquests’ and showed them to associates.” Can you spell hostile work environment?

In Carona’s defense, a sheriff’s spokesman claims that Carona’s comments were simply “taken out of context.” All this comes just in time for Carona’s re-election campaign.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rus (unregistered) on April 28th, 2005 @ 4:47 pm

    And the hits keep coming!

  2. Simon T. (unregistered) on May 8th, 2005 @ 10:51 pm

    Carona had several years before being elected sheriff and two terms as sheriff to get it right. His problem was in his flawed choice of advisors and confidants and his lack of real experience in working in, or managing a position of power and influence such as the sheriff’s office. This has demonstrated a clear character flaw that, left unattended could gravely injure the sheriff

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