Two of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Top Deputies Have "Love Connection" to SCA Scandal

This is the story of how love aided and abetted a criminal conspiracy.

Larry Black and Joel Fox both are high-ranking lawmen with more than 20 years at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Along with Sheriff Joe Arpaio's number two, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Deputy Chief Black is a part of the MCSO's inner circle. He is a former deputy who retired four years ago to collect his pension, then immediately was rehired by Arpaio as a civilian. He met his younger friend and subordinate, Captain Fox, in the 1990s while they were assigned to the Lake Patrol.

Black is an avid ice-hockey player who once managed security at Phoenix International Raceway. Both are married with children.

They've been through a lot together, such as the time they helped rescue Boy Scouts stuck in a flooded wash near Sunflower in 1998. Three troop members drowned, but two Scouts and a parent were pulled to safety.

In 2005, Fox was a new SWAT commander on the night two deputies got shot in Mesa (one was Sean Pearce, son of state Senator Russell Pearce). After the incident, Black was accused of adjusting the ranks and duties of subordinates (including putting Fox in charge of the Sheriff's Office SWAT team) based on their political work for Arpaio.

Black denied the allegation, even though 140 sworn officers and supervisors were shifted around in a mass transfer almost unheard of in other agencies — with the sheriff's loyalists moving up and supporters of his rival that year, Dan Saban, going down. Fox had been among the deputies who filed nominating petitions for Arpaio's campaign.

In Joe's Law, an autobiography about Arpaio published in May 2008, the sheriff's hired author describes how Arpaio sent a group of 100 deputies and posse members to New Orleans in 2005 to help with the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

"Word [was] New Orleans was sealed off, so Chief Black and Captain Joel Fox headed out first, driving in his 4x4 from Phoenix," the book states. Joe's Law goes on to describe how Black made a deal with a Louisiana sheriff to get the convoy into New Orleans in return for the use of a helicopter flown in by posse member Doug Fulton, son of Valley developer Ira Fulton.

A few weeks later, the same team went back to the Gulf region to help the victims of Hurricane Rita, and Arpaio couldn't have been prouder of his troops.

Yet in e-mails obtained by New Times, Fox and Black mention how something happened on the trips that doesn't seem related to safeguarding New Orleans from looters. It was something that Fox says changed their lives and that Fox wants Black to experience again.

Months after the trips, the two expressed their emotions in writing.

"I think you know how I have felt since yesterday," Black writes to Fox on Saturday, April 8, 2006, in an e-mail titled "battles." "I have not thought or done anything but go over in my head how all of this got all out of w[h]ack.

"I want to live like Louisiana every day, and I will not stop trying, but I am not perfect or even close, so it takes constant effort even in the face of defeat," Black goes on. "Battles or perceived battles with you hit my heart and not my mind, which means I don't think first, which causes things to get worse."

Fox replies a few hours later that he's been in "turmoil" since they last spoke. Black isn't the same man he was in Louisiana, Fox complains.

"You see, I got to see you in your Glory, when you were Free. I got to see the real Larry, being Larry, and enjoying it like nothing has ever been enjoyed before," Fox writes. "I hope you don't misunderstand what I mean by the 'real Larry.' Of course you are real, all the time. I mean the way you felt in Louisiana. The freedom I speak of is the freedom you enjoyed for that two weeks. The 'real' Larry is free. I see you going farther and farther away from that freedom, and it breaks my heart.

"No matter what happens, no matter what it looks like when the battle is over, I will be here with you, loving you. I will sharpen your sword, mend your armor, show you a few new tricks, and heal your wounds."

The e-mails, found by investigators on Cox Communications servers and on a computer registered to the Sheriff's Office in Fox's home, span years and express sentiments that go beyond mere friendship. The writers often sound like love-struck teenagers.

"Now say, for example (and I know this is not true) the [B]ible said to stop loving you, then I would NOT stop loving you," Fox wrote to Black in 2007. "So my love for you is more important to me than the Bible. And if you punched me in the mouth and knocked me down, I would get back up and chase after you to find out why. Because my love for you is more important than my pride. This also is why I don't care what people say about us."

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malasangre
malasangre

the best part of this story is the right twisting in pain to ok these guys

WhatASurprise
WhatASurprise

Is Larry Black the brother of former Liquor Commission Assistant Department head Tim Black?

Cgamble49
Cgamble49

how come we (ARIZONA) end up with all the crazy people, (Brewer,Horne,Joe,Pearce,etc.)

Chucklereader
Chucklereader

woohoo, finding love within the confines of the mcso.This is better then reading savage love.

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THIS IS REALLY STARTING 2 GET OLD ! IF THESE 2 MUD PACKERS WANT 2 VISIT EACH OTHERS CHOCOLATE STREET , LET THEM ! IT'S THEIR LIFE , LET THEM AND ONLY THEM LIVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike
mike

You have to clean out the bowl before you make the frosting.

Guest
Guest

ray stern, it seems obvious to anyone who can read that "what happened" in LA (Louisiana) was the unexpected death of Deputy Gary Labenz. Clearly, it affected Fox and Black deeply. Having smeared two long-time employees of MCSO for expressing their feelings to each other about his death, i sure hope you have actual PROOF that Captain Joel Fox and Larry Black are homosexual lovers, as you've so obviously implied....otherwise, you're gonna lose your ass in the forthcoming lawsuit. Good luck.

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Alexander
Alexander

Pretty blockbuster stuff if its all true. I feel like they could have left the gay part out- if it was just two drinking buddies squandering taxpayer funds & misusing authority, I think folks would be equally up in arms.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Alexander, I don't think anyone really gives a rip if these two are actually physical lovers. The salient part about this whole issue is that Black and Fox were NOT being truthful about their involvement in the SCA criminal actions, and they were hiding their relationship, to the point of Fox actually having a hidden email account for their emotional exchanges. Putting any criminal activity aside how do you think the families of these two must feel, if indeed they are physical lovers? Imagine the danger involved for the wives, who likely didn't have a clue as to the extent of their involvement?

I think the reporter was correct to include all facets of their activity.

Church lady
Church lady

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Anon

Typically the New Times embraces Homo-sexuality, unless it is a useful ploy to smear someone. If I were gay I would be outraged by this stab in the back and would boycott the businesses that advertise in this rag. Even if I were straight, I still would. There is far too much of hate mongering and hate bating by this rag. We need solutions not problems in this world.

mike
mike

that's funny, I pictured Black as the top too...

Tina
Tina

Just change the names of these two wayward spouses (Black and Fox) to one being male, the other female.

Doesn't make any difference if those two are homosexual, heterosexual or bi-sexual.

The bottom line is the pervasive, deliberate, crafty and knowingly unlawful activity, initiated by Hendershott to unlawfully obtain illegal campaign contributions for the SOLE purpose of re-electing ONE political office holder (Arpaio), with re-election of his partner in crime (Thomas) being thrown in for good measure. All knowingly unlawful from day one.

While the emails might add some insight and speculation as to why the cover-up and dishonesty to investigators and the court lasted so long, it doesn't alter the purposefully unlawful actions of top people in this law enforcement agency, and the sheriff's pecking order that carried out the devious plan.

Keep the focus. MCSO, remember, is a LAW enforcement agency.

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I honestly do not care if these men love each other or have sex together. That's none of my business. I don't understand the entire homosexual thing, but as a straight guy and a moderate old-school conservative, it doesn't affect me. Why should I give a damn about what two men do in bed? Doesn't have any bearing on my life!

This is something the new-fangled right wing conservatives should think about. What is it exactly about people's bedroom antics that make you think it's any of your business? You're supposed to be Conservatives, meaning minimal Big Brother Government attitudes. So butt out of what ain't your concern.

On the other hand, what does bother me is the lousy job the MCSO has long been doing as a law enforcement agency. Pushing a $100 million in legal costs, maybe over that by now. Endless lawsuits, mostly lost. Wrongful deaths in our jails, including a mother's unborn child. Crime ignored all over the county to fund Dog and Pony shows about illegal aliens.

Hell, MCSO isn't even all that effective at catching illegals. They completely ignore major offenders and chase the least worrisome, least costly, easiest to catch illegals while catching damned few of them AT VERY HIGH COST!

Wish I had the power, I'd fire the top 50 ranking people in MCSO. Be they law enforcement or public relations or what have you. Start at the top, boot out a bunch of these clowns.

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Ronny1note
Ronny1note

Wow, How embarrassing for them. Why does the media feel the need to disclose this stuff. It sounds really private and personal. Why is this an issue? Are we living in the 1950's again? How bout some real news?

Cindysince1992
Cindysince1992

This is news, it's news when my taxes are paying their salaries !!!

Vickie
Vickie

No wonder Sheriff Joe is so "Hard-On" capturing illegals!!You can't bring charges of "Love In The 2nd Degree" if you're booted out of the country!!!Who will listen to you? lolLarry "Rubber Lips" Black. LOL

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Coyotesfan123
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It must be odd wanting a career in law enforcement only to be hired by MCSO and become part of a corrupt criminal organization.

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Patraulea2323

I hear there's a new movie being filmed in Arizona: "Brokeback Sheriffs" :-)

MaricopaFail
MaricopaFail

Hahaha figures these dirty pigs would be gay too. So its not the inmates raping each other, its Joe and his ass pirates!

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Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Hey phoenixtimes, why don't you do some real investigative work and try and find the people who beat this giants fan to death. I bet they are LA dodgers fans, probably mexicans from LA, probably illegal too. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s...

Coyotesfan123
Coyotesfan123

It is Phoenix New Times right? Los Angeles New Times. Besides I hope hope law enforcement would investigate a murder.

busman
busman

thats right the illegals are to blame for this right you bigot! just admint your most conservative racist friends are gay!!!! ROTFL...

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To Tonka II
To Tonka II

Ok, so the two Deputies Bumped Butts, who cares, not my business. As for Sheriff Joe - That man does an extremely good job. He is prone to listen to others under him and not be in complete control, but Joe is honest and above board.

How do I knwo so much you ask? Because I'm around these men every day of the week.

Church Lady
Church Lady

To quote a great lady "Well, isn't that special?" Church lady would be disappointed with all the grab assing in Maricopa and well as Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Babeu the Church Lady is coming after you!

 
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