Foppoli hearing postponed to December, motions expected in October

As civil lawsuits against him progress, former Windsor mayor Dominic Foppoli continues to operate without legal representation, according to court documents.

Foppoli is listed as representing himself and has filed his own response in the larger of two lawsuits against him, one brought by seven women accusing him of sex crimes.

A judge on Tuesday postponed a trial conference in the case until December. That hearing will follow an October hearing on whether a winery co-owned by Foppoli should be dropped as a defendant in most charges in the trial.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Dollard will hear arguments Oct. 19 from attorneys representing Christopher Creek, the winery that Foppoli co-owns with his brother.

Foppoli has yet to hire an attorney in the case or in a lawsuit filed May 20 by a Montana woman who claims Foppoli repeatedly raped her when she was 18.

A case management conference in this case is scheduled for September 20.

Foppoli has denied all the allegations made against him. He did not respond to questions from a reporter on Tuesday. His brother and the winery’s lawyer also did not respond.

In the Sonoma County case, seven women are seeking compensation from Foppoli, its Christopher Creek Winery and the Santa Rosa Active 20-30 Foundation, a prominent local civic organization.

The women are not named in court documents under provisions designed to protect victims of sexual assault, but their stories have been featured in news articles.

They accuse Foppoli of decades-long rape and sexual assault and claim the company and foundation knew of his crimes but encouraged and profited from them instead of taking preventative action. The winery and Active 20-30 have denied the allegations made against them.

In their 30-page complaint, Foppoli’s accusers, represented by Santa Rosa attorney Traci Carrillo, claim he used his “power, connections and booze to prey on dozens of women in the Sonoma County”.

Santa Rosa Active 20-30 asked a judge to dismiss the organization of the lawsuit.

A November 2021 investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle found that local Active 20-30 leaders were aware of the sexual misconduct allegations against Foppoli, but ignored or shed light on the complaints. The club then expelled Foppoli.

In the past, Foppoli had contracted with a civil attorney in Los Angeles and Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney Orchid Vaghti.

Vaghti did not immediately respond to messages from The Press Democrat asking if she was representing Foppoli.

Foppoli faces no criminal charges, although the California attorney general’s office continues to weigh a possible prosecution.

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Elisha A. Tilghman