By Robert Haugh
Late yesterday, the Santa Clara Police Department reported that multiple potential victims filed criminal complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct against Santa Clara City Councilman Dominic Caserta.
Later in the evening, news reports say it’s four people so far. Wow.
Two days ago, Robert Handa of NBC Bay Area was criticized by a lot of people online for doing a lengthy interview with Caserta that allowed the councilman to defend himself. Handa did not interview any potential victims. Many people considered the piece an unfair and unbalanced story.
So yesterday, Handa did another story. He talked to 19-year-old Lydia Jungkind a former Caserta student and campaign worker. She was really eloquent and believable as she told her story of Caserta’s sexual harassment and unwanted physical touching, including kissing.
You can watch her on this video. And Caserta’s response, too.
Last night, KTVU’s Azenith Smith also interviewed Caserta and Jungkind. This is worth watching. You can see the shock on Caserta’s face when he learns about the four criminal charges.
Caserta claims in both news stories that he will show up next Tuesday at the council meeting to tell his story. It’ll be a packed room.
But Caserta was a no show last night at a supervisorial candidates’ forum in Willow Glen. Here’s the photo:
We think the odds are less than 60/40 that he shows up on Tuesday, despite his pledge to do so.