Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Attorney General Tom Horne agrees to take on independent investigation of Babeu

Gila County Sheriff and County Attorney turn down request, state they don't have resources to conduct investigation of  allegations against Babeu at this time.
According to information from Sheriff Paul Babeu's office, the Congressional District Four candidate and sheriff of Penal County spoke earlier today with Gila County Sheriff John Armer and County Attorney Daisy Flores, asking them to complete the investigation into allegations of improper conduct against him. 
Babeu, an avid spokesman against illegal immigration, has admitted to being gay, but denies threatening his Hispanic ex-boyfriend with deportation to keep him quiet about their relationship.
Armer and Flores had stated they would conduct the investigation, but after further review, said they did not have the resources to do so at this time.  Babeu then spoke with Attorney General Tom Horne who agreed to take on the independent investigation, including allegations against Babeu's ex-boyfriend of human rights violations, threatening and intimidating, misuse of public resources, identity and property theft, fraud and impersonation.
 Babeu said, "Attorney General Tom Horne is the top prosecutor in the state.  I feel that he and his staff will conduct this comprehensive investigation into all allegations made against me and my office, as well as possible crimes committed against me."

Below is a copy of the letter sent to Armer and Flores provided by the Penal County Sheriff's Office:
"February 21, 2012
Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Sheriff John Armor
Gila County Attorney’s Office, Attn: County Attorney Daisy Flores 
1400 East Ash Street
Globe, AZ 95501 
Re: Comprehensive Investigation 
Dear Sheriff Armor and County Attorney Flores,
I am requesting the assistance of your offices to conduct a joint comprehensive investigation into the recent allegations made publicly against me and my office including possible crimes committed against me personally. I request that your investigation look into allegations of human rights violations, threatening and intimidating, misuse of public resources, theft of property, theft of identity, fraud and impersonation. 
Your immediate attention and assistance with this investigation is requested. I have instructed my Sheriff’s Office and political staff to fully cooperate with your inquiry in an effort to settle these allegations made against me. 
Paul Babeu, Sheriff Pinal County, Arizona"

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