Calls for mayor's resignation increases after assault claims

"He does not belong in office, he has no moral credibility to stand on."

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- New developments now in the case involving embattled Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli. Published reports have detailed multiple allegations of sexual assault against Foppoli from four women. Today, one of those women is sharing her story with ABC 7. She spoke with ABC 7 News reporter Cornell Barnard. He's live in Windsor, where a rally is planned calling for the mayor's resignation. Cornell?

CORNELL BARNARD: Yeah, and those calls are getting louder for his resignation. Check it out. A rally being held at this hour here at the entrance to Windsor. This is the busiest intersection in town. Folks on both sides of the street holding signs calling for the mayor to step down. Now the sheriff has launched an investigation after four women claim Foppoli sexually assaulted them. We spoke with one of those women today.

SOPHIA WILLIAMS: So I feel like speaking out is important.

CORNELL BARNARD: Sophia Williams is talking about an alleged incident back in 2006 involving Dominic Foppoli, who would later be elected mayor of Windsor. She says, the two had been out dancing and drinking with friends.

SOPHIA WILLIAMS: And that night, Dominic and I shared a cab home.

CORNELL BARNARD: She says that cab took them to his house.

SOPHIA WILLIAMS: And he was like, let's, like, sleep here, sober up, and I'll take you home in the morning. I was like, OK, no problem.

CORNELL BARNARD: Sophia says she was promised a separate bedroom, but soon found she wasn't alone.

SOPHIA WILLIAMS: I was like, no, Dominic, we're not doing this. And he just kind of, like, kept scooting closer and closer to me so that I was kind of against the wall and, like, rubbing his groin against me. And then eventually, he started to put his hand down my pants.

- Williams says she broke free, locked herself in the bathroom, and called a friend for a ride. She is one of four women detailing allegations of sexual assault to "The San Francisco Chronicle" over a 16-year period against Foppoli. None of the women have filed police reports. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department has opened an investigation into the claims.

MARK ESSICK: Victims in this case will be treated with the utmost respect. They have been very courageous and brave in coming forward. And we want to make sure that they feel comfortable telling their story and that we can provide them with the services they deserve.

LYNDA HOPKINS: He does not belong in office. He has no moral credibility to stand on.

CORNELL BARNARD: Calls for Foppoli's resignation are getting louder. Tweets from state and local officials and this letter signed by eight mayors in Sonoma County all calling for the mayor's resignation.

Do you believe the mayor should resign?

SOPHIA WILLIAMS: I mean, it makes sense. At this point, he's lost all trust.


CORNELL BARNARD: Now the mayor declined our request for an interview today, but he just texted me within the hour saying that he is refuting all of the allegations. He says a more detailed statement is forthcoming. Defenders of the mayor say this is politically motivated. Others deny that, saying it is simply time for the mayor to step down. Live in Windsor, Cornell Barnard, ABC 7 News.