Spitzer Urges D.A.’s Office Victim Employees to Report Sexual Misconduct as Found by the OC Grand Jury to OC Fraud Hotline

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TODD SPITZER

SUPERVISOR, THIRD DISTRICT

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Spitzer Urges D.A.’s Office Victim Employees to Report Sexual Misconduct as Found by the OC Grand Jury to OC Fraud Hotline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2017

CONTACT: Melanie Eustice, Chief of Staff

Phone: (714) 834-3330 Mobile: (714) 581-7784

(Orange County, CA) – Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District, responded to the newly released Orange County Grand Jury Report, “Another Hostile Work Environment? Orange County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation” by urging victim employees of the District Attorney’s office to call the County Fraud Hotline and the Board of Supervisors to adopt a Grand Jury recommendation to appoint an independent investigator to examine why the OCDA and County Human Resources Services are not being used to report misconduct in the OCDA office.

The Grand Jury report illuminates how sexual misconduct in the workplace has many ramifications, often affecting the honest, hard-working professionals that can’t turn a blind eye, nor can they report offenses due to intimidation and career-threatening retaliation.

“The report exemplifies an unacceptable abuse of power, abuse of position, abuse of women and abuse of trust,” Spitzer added.

“The findings of the most recent OC Grand Jury report is the final nail in the coffin full of mounting evidence and allegations of serious misconduct in the Orange County District Attorney’s office under the lack of supervision by Mr. Rackauckas,” Supervisor Spitzer continued.

“I am urging my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to adopt the Grand Jury’s recommendation that we appoint an outside, independent investigator to examine why the OCDA and the County Human Resources Services Department are not being used in reporting misconduct within the OCDA office,” stated Spitzer in his call to action.

Spitzer added he will request that the Board grant the independent investigator subpoena power.

“Further, I am urging any employee of the OCDA’s office that has any complaint but has been inhibited from coming forward for any reason, to use the Orange County Fraud Hotline under the protection of the Board of Supervisors at (714) 834-2880. Tony Rackauckas may not protect his employees from sexual harassment but the County will,” Spitzer said.

These are not new allegations of an inappropriate sexual nature in the OCDA Investigation Bureau. In 2015, Supervisor Spitzer, then Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, received a written letter from a California licensed attorney who is a mandated reporter alleging sexual misconduct by OCDA Chief Investigator Craig Hunter. Supervisor Spitzer reported this to the proper authority, the County Counsel, who contacted the District Attorney. Mr. Rackauckas was also sent a copy of the allegations in a direct complaint by the same attorney that contacted Spitzer.

Previous OC Grand Jury reports, including one from May, 2017 that echoed findings from a similar report in 2002, stated the D.A.’s office under Tony Rackauckas suffers from a lack of leadership. Those conclusions were confirmed by the 4th District Court of Appeals in the Dekraai case and in the IPPEC report by Rackauckas’ own hand-picked evaluation committee that described his office as a ‘rudderless ship’.

Supervisor Spitzer commended the Grand Jury for bringing the culture of sexual misconduct in the District Attorney’s office to light to prevent any cover-up among county agencies.

“To quote the 2017 OC Grand Jury, this ‘lack of supervision and laziness in the practice of law’ (OC Grand Jury Report, May 27, 2017, The Myth of the Orange County Jailhouse Informant Program, pg. 16) is yet another ugly example of negligent leadership in the D.A.’s office. It is imperative in the interest of ethics that the County recognize how Rackauckas has been able to get away with his perverse use of position and power for so long,” concluded Supervisor Spitzer.

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  • Ed Romero

    Why didn’t Spitzer do something when those Racist Drug Dealing, Marijuana Smoking, Cocaine Snorting GOP Lesbians ran the O C Probation. Hire and Promoting their numerous Lesbian friends to positions that should of gone to more qualified applicants. Spending some time on that MATTRESS in that Lesbian Bar in Garden Grove where the Chief Probation Officer and all her Gang of Drug Dealing, Marijuana Smoking, Cocaine Snorting Employees spent endless hours after the Chief Probation Officer wrote out a check to the Bar Owner and the doors would be locked, the lights turned off, the music turned and that MATTRESS thrown on the Pool Table. That former Chief Probation Officer and her Racist Drug Abusers continued their bad behavior while on duty. There was that Asst. Chief Probation Officer that Smoked so much Marijuana while on duty that my co-workers gave her the AKA/Marijuana Nancy, then there were those Drug Abusers at our Los Pinos Detention Center and their Drug Abuse was so bad that the Detention Center was given the AKA/The Lesbian Drug Den. Where was Spitzer then???

  • OCservant_Leader

    It’s a TRAP!

    OC Employees AKA “victims” do NOT report anything to this OC Family!

    They want to know — what YOU know and what you are going to do about it! There is no help for you and They will destroy you.

    Gather your evidence – get it in a safe place – lawyer up (outside the OC) and get OUT!

  • Debby Bodkin

    Question: Mr Spitzer and all Board of Supervisors: Are you going to guarantee that county employees that report sexual harassment (or any other type of harassment) from retaliation, illegal silencing, intimidation and career ruin? Answer: Absoluteliy and positively NOT! Patterns and county history reveal the truth. Stop pretending you care about the civil rights and safety of employees, citizens and children!

    Sexual harassment in the workplace, amongst adults, is nothing difficult to manage. An adult is capable of saying no, “you are offending me” and receives training and has access to reporting policies. No insurance company would ever insure the County of Orange and its various agencies if risk management policies were not in place and enforced.

    However, if the County and OC Board of Supervisors participate in self-insured insurance practices, then quid pro quo and back room deals result in a for-profit criminal enterprise, signed, sealed, and delivered by the OC Supervisors, DA Rackauckas, OC Sheriff and County Counsel.

    Example: Why would Rackauckas appoint a prominent, unpaid, volunteer criminal defense attorney who regularly acts as the DA’s opponent on behalf of his trusting clients, to investigate ethics issues in the DA’s office? Trust me, no criminal defense atty volunteers his valuable time to a major prosecuting law enforcement agency/official re ethics issues. Money, politics, and quid pro deals (for profit) govern the business practices of DA Rackauckas, the OC Sheriff, County Counsel and the Board of Supervisors. Where are the Feds?

    • LFOldTimer

      Oh come on, Debby. You know what’s going on here. Spitzer is grandstanding again since he reportedly intends to run for DA and has a vested interest in the matter.

      Otherwise he’d be as silent as the other 4 supervisors.

      You notice that Spitzer has been mute on Hutchens. ha. He’s not running for the sheriff’s job. lol.

  • LFOldTimer

    Which hotline should proselytizers handcuffed by county employees call?

  • David Zenger

    Tony Rackauckas may not protect his employees from sexual harassment but the County will,” Spitzer said.

    Yes, it’s called the Bustamante Program.