Orange County Assembly candidate Tom Daly has been cleared in a sexual misconduct investigation, the first such investigation of a ranking county employee since the arrest earlier this year of Carlos Bustamante.
Daly, who is the county-recorder and the former mayor of Anaheim, was accused of "sexual misconduct, favoritism and cronyism" in an anonymous letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Times and other media.
An independent investigator hired by the county, however, concluded the allegations were unfounded.
"There is no evidence to substantiate any of the allegations," county human resources Director Steve Danley said in a memo.
Daly, in a statement released by the county, said the anonymous complaint was "simply a pathetic attempt to smear me."
"While the lies of the anonymous complainer are appalling, so is the unnecessary waste of tax dollars spent on this investigation," Daly said.
The county's more-aggressive approach to probing anonymous complaints came on the heels of Bustamante's arrest on suspicion of sexually assaulting female workers in his county office.