In the city of Capitola (75 miles south of San Francisco), California, city councilman Edward Bottorff was arrested in 2013 on suspicion of prostitution. Here is the summary.
- Jan. 9, 2013 – he visited an apartment complex on the 800 block of East El Camino Real in Mountain View that police were monitoring as an escort/prostitution place.
- Between 2 and 5 p.m., they saw Bottorff go in the apartment and later leave in a white pickup.
- Bottorff – a 59-year-old retired Alameda County firefighter who moved to Capitola in 2009 – denied any wrongdoing. He has been divorced for about 21 years and he and his attorney described the 44-year-old woman in the apartment as a masseuse rather than a prostitute.
- About four weeks later, he said he was “shocked” when Mountain View police called to tell him there was a bench warrant for his arrest on suspicion of engaging with a prostitute. On April 9, 2013, Bottorff turned himself in at the Mountain View police station.
- Bottorff never admitted guilt and never entered a guilty plea, but he accepted a deal with prosecutors to attend a one-day class on sexual exploitation to have the charges dismissed – which they were in October 2013.
While Ed Bottorff was fortunate to make a plea bargain and keep his job. and this all happened after his 2012 campaign, he is still a public figure for the city of Capitola, so he has high publicity and high standards. He is the sole Republican serving in the predominately Democratic city, so he should be much more careful of his actions, because it represents his political party and reputation as well. He also has to run for re-election in 2016, so he sure can’t afford to make stupid mistakes and commit crimes.