Craig Hunter, the chief investigator for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, has left his job two years after being accused of “sexting” while on duty, according to the O. C. Register.
Apparently a memo was sent on Monday, April 24, to OCDA staffers by OCDA Tony Rackauckas informing them that Investigations Bureau Chief Hunter and Assistant Chief Lou Gutierrez were both on a leave of absence and Hunter was not expected to return.
Hunter was accused of sexting, which is to say sending or receiving sexually explicit pictures and texts, two years ago in an emailed complaint that was sent to the O.C. Board of Supervisors.
A Beverly Hills attorney accused Hunter of texting his fiance 93 times over a span of two months in the summer of 2014, in an April, 2015 email. The email was sent to both County officials and Hunter’s wife, who was also a County investigator at the time.
Hunter, a 59-year old, is the former Deputy Police Chief of the Anaheim Police Department. He has headed the OCDA’s investigation bureau since 2014. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for OC Sheriff in 2010.
This has been a nightmarish year for Rackauckas, who has been dealing for months with the jailhouse snitch scandal. The Orange County Grand Jury, the state Attorney General and the U.S. Dept. of Justice all are investigating both Rackauckas’ office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as part of that “snitch scandal.”