Demands Grow for Full Investigation into Allegations Against Sheriff Paul Babeu

Calls for an investigation were mounting following New Times' web exclusive about allegations that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his attorney threatened the sheriff's ex-boyfriend with deportation after their relationship ended.

Finally, Babeu announced that the Gila County Attorney’s Office and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office would conduct an investigation both into abuse-of-power allegations he’s facing and “possible crimes” committed against him by his ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the first announcement, the sheriff released a second statement that Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne would conduct the investigation because Gila County officials didn’t have the resources to pursue such an inquiry. At the same time, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office announced the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council’s public-integrity task force would investigate Babeu. The investigations were announced after several days of Babeu's publicly insisting to media outlets that there would be no probe into his actions concerning ex-lover Jose Orozco. Babeu has claimed that Orozco hacked into his campaign website and social media accounts, and he also says Orozco stole his identity. Initially, the sheriff and his camp said the dispute was settled after all the passwords were turned over. Now, Babeu is painting himself as the victim. Immigrant-rights activists and Pinal County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Rios are among those who called for an investigation.

Under pressure, Babeu admitted in a weekend press conference that he is gay, that photos and text messages published along with New Times' article are authentic, that he plans to complete his term as sheriff, and that he intends to continue his campaign for Congress in the 4th Congressional District.

Paul Babeu and Jose Orozco
Paul Babeu and Jose Orozco
Paul Babeu's profile on adam4adam.com
Paul Babeu's profile on adam4adam.com

Babeu denied that he or his attorney, Chris DeRose, threatened Babeu's ex-boyfriend with deportation and that he believes Orozco was in the country legally. Orozco and his lawyer, Melissa Weiss-Riner, have said repeatedly that the sheriff and DeRose made such threats in phone calls and in text messages.

Indeed, Orozco tells New Times in an interview just before publication of this article that he soon will release additional evidence of threats he received from Babeu's camp.

New Times had withheld Orozco's full name and blurred his face on a photo — because he said he feared reprisal from Babeu or his supporters. But since television stations have aired both – and Orozco has moved to another residence -- we are divulging his full name and showing his face.

Because the 4th District is overwhelmingly conservative, many have said Babeu — suddenly an openly gay sheriff — stands little chance against Congressman Paul Gosar and State Senator Ron Gould, whose platform focuses on family values.

Gosar is among those who called for an investigation, and Gould said Babeu demonstrated extremely poor judgment by posting explicit photos and information on gay websites, including adam4dam.com.

"Babeu has brought discredit to himself, his office, law enforcement, and Pinal County," Supervisor Rios tells New Times. "Pinal County is in turmoil, in a crisis; we need to bring closure to this."

Activist Lydia Guzman asked Deputy U.S. Assistant Attorney General Roy L. Austin to investigate "whether  or  not  the sheriff  abused  his  position  of  authority,  as  an  elected  official and as a law  enforcement officer, to make these threats in exchange for the young man's silence" about their relationship.

Guzman runs Respect-Respeto, a nonprofit group that aids immigrants too afraid to report their abuses to police.

Roberto Reveles, founding president of Somos America/We Are America, a coalition of churches and other organizations that provide support to the immigrant community, asked for Babeu's immediate resignation.

Reveles said Babeu's alleged actions against Orozco deserve a "full investigation by the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the federal Department of Justice."

U.S. Senator John McCain, a political ally of Babeu's, said his "friend" deserved the benefit of doubt and that he is "sure there will be a thorough and complete investigation [of] any allegations of wrongdoing."

The two appeared in McCain's "complete the danged fence" political ad for his 2010 re-election bid.

Shirl Mora James, an immigration attorney from Nebraska and head of the National Tequila Party Movement, a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote organization, says it should be the DOJ investigating.

She accused Babeu of hypocrisy.

"He's an outspoken anti-immigrant individual, and he's sleeping with an immigrant? There is such an imbalance of power, I can understand why [Orozco] would be very afraid. The question is, was he threatened?" James tells New Times. "[Babeu's] sexuality has nothing to do with it."

Babeu and his supporters have attempted to spin the story to say the sheriff is under attack because he is gay, a fact he never made public until Orozco's allegations were published. Indeed, a huge irony is that Babeu and DeRose allegedly threatened Orozco with deportation and questioned his immigration status in an attempt to keep him quiet about the affair.

Babeu dismisses the sexually explicit photos he circulated — including to the gay hookup website adam4adam.com — as none of the public's business and part of his personal life.

However, the state Code of Ethics for police officers — outlined by the agency that certifies cops in Arizona — declares that "whether on- or off-duty, in uniform or not," law enforcement officials should conduct themselves in a "manner that will not bring discredit or embarrassment" to their agencies.

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Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

I bet Babeu's Deputies would like to give him a log chain, and a Bus ticket to Texas.

Lukas
Lukas

However, the state Code of Ethics for police officers — outlined by the agency that certifies cops in Arizona — declares that "whether on- or off-duty, in uniform or not," law enforcement officials should conduct themselves in a "manner that will not bring discredit or embarrassment" to their agencies.
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Enough said! Resign!

cfj justice
cfj justice

Mexicans have been entering the US for years,and always will, there is nothing you or anyone else can do about it.so,DEAL W/IT.

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

Paul Babeu needs to resign.
What do you tell your child who sees this and asks why did the Sheriff do naked pictures on the internet? Isn't that a bad thing to do?
He is a disgrace to the people of Pinal County. Pack your stuff up in a U-Haul write a letter and leave it on your desk, it can simply say I resign. Do us all a favor. You are not wanted here and no one has any respect for you, disgraceful.

Jesus Cristo de Tijuana
Jesus Cristo de Tijuana

Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo, Nicky Diaz Santillan, La Raza and all of us brown skin Mexicans presently occupying "El Norte", need to return to Mexico and help set up a population control program to help us stop having so many babies that we can't take care of them. It is disgraceful that we have to export our own brown skin people because we can't afford them here in Mexico. We can do this. Will you join us and Gustavo Arellano?

Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara
Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara

Do not be distracted bt the New Times rag's attempt to take headlines away from the most destructive situation in the United States. Help end the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America. Vote for candidates that support deportation and not pathway to citizenship. It is the only way to prevent the total destructiom of the US.

cris
cris

http://www.hhlegal.com/About-t...

Sir, the above link is to (former) Assistant Attorney General Eric J. Herrmann’s new place of business. He quickly left the State of Arizona upon being served. Call him, or email him and mention my name. He will probably hang up or will refer you to his attorney. Attorney Herrmann left a prestigious position, only to find himself working out of a blue office.

Based on your theory that I should have known as I am his brother, why did Justice of the Peace Shaun Babeu not know his brother, Paul, was purported to be dating students under his charge. Why did Justice of the Peace Babeu not question Paul regarding Jose’s status? It would be slanderous for me to say “Justice of the Peace Babeu” should have known because of his relationship.

I failed to mention the Pinal County investigator, who authored the original affidavit, has since "resigned". You must understand when Babeu describes an accomplishment; you cannot take it on face value.

Your Hero, failed in his fiduciary duties to the parents and students under his charge. It will take a while for you to accept Babeu’s conduct. Babeu has the ability to attract weak minded people. This is why Hitler was so successful.

There will be no further communication with you, I will find you. Have a nice day.

YourFired
YourFired

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2...

Even the gays are disgusted with this pedophile freak of a sheriff...read what they are saying about his affair with a troubled 17 year old boy when he was Headmaster at the Massachusetts boarding school.

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

Your mad cause your family lost their ill gotten assets.Pay attention. no one is scared of you or your implied t How in the world could you as Roberts brother not know what was going on, please explain that one. It was at the time, the largest in final county history. No one is calling you or has to try and make this go away. Amour rants and rave just show what type of person you really are. Another person in a twisted tale. If you didn't want exposed, perhaps you should have kept your mouth and browser closed

Tom Galbraith
Tom Galbraith

You will be relieved to learn that there is, in fact, a way to help Pinal County Sheriff and US Congressional candidate, Babeu in his hour of need. The plan is elegant in its simplicity:

1. Arizona legalizes gay marriage.
2. Babeu marries "Jose'."
3. By virtue of their marriage, Jose' becomes an American citizen, thereby relieving Babeu of his obligation to arrest Jose' and avoiding the possibility of future deportation threats from Babeu during lover's quarrels.
4. When questioned by law enforcement about the past deportation threat, Jose' refuses to answer the authorities' questions by invoking the spousal privilege.
5. Without Jose's testimony, even the most rapid Babeu detractors will have to concede that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute him. *

Win-win all the way

Tom Galbraith

* Even if the privilege doesn't cover premarital conversations, Jose's refusal to testify will be completely understandable. It's unlikely that any judge would hold him in contempt.

YourFired
YourFired

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/...

click/copy paste the above link to see the excellent ABC 15 news expose and video on Babeu's time as head of the Desisto Mass. boarding school, including his sister catching him with a 17 year old student he had a relationship with. You are toast sheriff studboi1.

Pat
Pat

the justice system is a complete joke. there is no justice in a system that doesn't allow those who work for the system to get punished by it.

YourFired
YourFired

Big kudos to the New Times for exposing this little freak.

YourFired
YourFired

Huffington Post just published an expose on Sheriff Babeu/ studboi1's affair with a 17 YO male student at the Mass. School for troubled kids he headed. His sister is quoted confronting him about it.
Time to go sheriff studboi1; the truth is starting to roll in and it's getting ugly. You are one fucked up narcissistic little pervert, and now is the time when you get a spotlight shown on all of your dark secrets.
I predict a documentary movie bieng made about you Sheriff. This shit is amazing.

Jesus Cristo de Nogales
Jesus Cristo de Nogales

Don't let the illegal Mescan occupiers come here and seduce our sheriffs inot becoming hermersexels

KEVIN_4949
KEVIN_4949

NEWS TIMES YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST........... YOUR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IS PROFESSIONAL AND YOUR INTEGRATY STANDS VERY HI WHEN IT COMES ON REPORTING THE TRUTH........THANKS YOU GUYS ARE PROFESSIONALS AND BRAVE....

VIVA PHOENIX NEWS TIMES

Kevin_4949
Kevin_4949

All Republicans and legislators to include Joe Arpayo , Russul pears and Jan Brewers Cabinet people that work for (CCA) Corprate Corrections of America those companies asre trying to place private prisons in this State of Arizona...........for the public and Tax payers those companies are 30 to 50 year contracts and are not financially benefits this state and tax payers.......The state pays $65 to $85per inmate per day for (CCA) Corprate Corrections of America to incarcerate the state inmates,when the state currently spends $40 to $60 per inmate.
So tax payers be aware ....... Private prisons are not financially to the best intrest .........There hear to make a profit Money....

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

LOL Chris Hernandez, aka brother of Robert Hernandez. You have to be kidding. Your brother was taken down in the largest drug bust in Pinal County
Heheee. Upset because you lost your assets in your brothers drug smuggling operation.You my friend are an idiot. Of four your upset with the Sheriff's Dept. I would be also if I lost 39 million.. LOL

Cris
Cris

The below is a "Public Document"

Cris Hernandez

Cris
Cris

Forwarded letter to the AG Office, Pinal County Attorney's Office, Board of Supervisors, Gov Brewers Office and Babeu on Feb 19, 2012

Sheriff Paul Babeu
Re: Resignation
February 19, 2012

Babeu I demand that you resign from your current position as Sheriff of Pinal County. On February 18, 2012, you held a press conference in which you surrounded yourself with your employees as if somehow their presence would diminish your foolish and reckless behavior. What was equally troubling is that you used your military service to make your conduct more palatable.

As a retired army officer, I am troubled that you would post an intimate picture of yourself for a stranger in a public forum, and then demand privacy. You voided your right to privacy by posting photographs of yourself.

It should come to no surprise that your sister has provided me with alleged evidence that you engaged in criminal conduct, and use threats to intimidate your victims. This information has since been passed on to the United States Justice Department.
Do I believe you threaten “Jose” in your capacity as the county sheriff? Yes, I do base on personal experience. If you have no trouble threatening me with arrest to gain my silence, (U.S. citizen and retired military officer), you surely have no trouble threatening “Jose” with deportation. You are an evil and vile man, and I have no doubt you will be incarcerated for your purported criminal conduct.

I request the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, who have been forwarded a copy of this letter, remove you from your current position until this matter is resolved. Your continued presence will only invite silence by those you have victimized.

I have no faith in your Chief Deputy, because of his acceptance of your unspeakable and flagrant conduct (not sexual orientation). Your Chief Deputy should have demanded your resignation as his primary responsibilities are the law enforcement mission, and the integrity of the Sheriff’s Office… and not your politico aspirations. Let’s face it; you have become an ineffectual leader, a battle casualty by your own design. Remember selfless service is not about you. It is about serving others by putting the welfare of Pinal County, the Sheriff’s Office, and your subordinates before your own.

I will make my services available to “Jose’s” attorney, as I have been a victim of your abuse of power, and have firsthand knowledge that you are willing to convict someone with fabricated evidence; evidence that was property of the United States Government. A 15 second audio recording, what the hell where you thinking!

You had the courtesy to leave Romney’s camp as you did not want to be a distraction, give the Citizens of Pinal County the same courtesy and resign immediately.

/S/
Cris Hernandez Jr
Pinal County

Cris Hernandez
U.S. Army Retired

ltc444
ltc444

In response to LD19 Resident's response to one of my post.

He lauded the New Times for breaking the story. New Times had information on Paul Babeu's corrupt practices in Early 2010. They did not pursue the story until Immigration and Sex were injected into the Political Mix.

Jesus Cristo de Nogales
Jesus Cristo de Nogales

"Ask Gustavo Arellano and a Mexican when he / she plans to end their illegal Mexican occupation of El Norte?"
"Ask a Mexican when he / she plans to return to Mexico to legally apply for a work visa to legally enter the US?

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Sad thing is this Backward Bozo fits in quite well with the majority of Arizona's current Politicians. (Sleep Overs, Bribe Taking, Sham Candidates, and Electoral Manipulating, Knife Point Rapist Sons, Druggy Family Members, Ect., Ect.)

The Arizona Political Flying Circus.

Thank God not our Police.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Remember America in 2007 when we all worked together, Racism wasn'r Rampant, before the Deportations, Attrition, the "Foreclosure Crisis", "The Worst Recession in U.S. History", before a half Million Homes were vacated in Maricopa County alone?

Want to Fix America?
Stop the Racism, and Hate.

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."
Alex De Tocqueville

Fact: For every Good, Hard Working Immigrant Deported or Incarcerated since the January 2008 start of I.C.E. America has lost over four times as many American Jobs!

Fact: The Hard Labor Immigrants gladly did for America, and for You, was the very Foundation of our once Strong Economy, and this Hard Labor supported all other American Jobs!

But Hey Blame it on the Hardest Workers in the Land?

Idiot.

Naughty Lisa
Naughty Lisa

Paul Babeu, are you still trying to find a date online?

Noyouwerefired
Noyouwerefired

Oh Mike, don't you ever stop? So angry at the Sheriff for taking away your cushy job at the Sheriff's Dept and making you peddle cars for a living.. You hated is seen all over your Facebook page. Why so much time on your hands, car business a little slow these days

Ron
Ron

Lol, Sounds like a win, win, win to me Tom! I hope sheriff Studboli1 is reading this for helpful suggestions.
There is going to still be that small (big ?) problem of the 17 year old boyfriend/student who attended his school in Mass a while back..how can he get around that one ? If this can all be explained we may still have a congressman studboi1!

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

Oh come.now, this is Aubrey, isn't it.?
You have way too much time on your hands these days, don't you? But of course that's what you get on your in-house suspension

Byebyejose
Byebyejose

Is this Aubrey, Ben, Ty or Kent? Lol know it is one of you .

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

You are the Deputy that was fired for having sex with a dispatcher in your work trucl while your wife and kids were at home, aren't you?

cris
cris

Please call the Attorney General's Office and ask for the Attorney's who handled this matter, they are not there, they "resigned" shortly after they were served. Federal lawsuit underway, please identify yourself; so that I can add you as a Defendant. I promise, I will find you. Call Babeu, and ask him, should I be screwing with "Cris"? He knew he screwed up, because he had his former campaign manager, Cheryl Chase, calling me a year later and trying to smooth things out (evidence of this conversation exist).

You made a horrible mistake by saying I lost assets, which implies I was part of a criminal organization.

New Times if you would like to post the 15 second audio recording, I will make it available. Your reading audience will be shocked. Note, Arizona Republic is in possession of this recording.

Unknown Defendant, only identified as "Iworkforaliving" see exhibit (New Times Article). Please continue to make disparaging remarks.

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

US Army retired and the brother of Robert *Hernandez.... Largest drug bust in Piinal county history. Angry over ill gotten family assets being taken by sheriffs Dept.

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

Of course you have first hand knowledge as your brother sits in prison rotting away.Exactly where he should. Perhaps Mr Hernandez, you need to let these "fine" people know who you really are and why you feel " wronged" by the Sheriff

YourFired
YourFired

Thanks Cris, for coming forward to help expose this wack job we have as Sheriff. My hat is off to you sir.

CptZEEP
CptZEEP

I think Paul injected that into the political mix. With his penis.

CptZEEP
CptZEEP

Sheriff Brokeback? Is that you? Can you arrest me in the name of love? Take me baby!

YourFired
YourFired

Nope, not me...but if the dispatcher was a woman and hot, who knows? I'm just a citizen of Pinal County...home of the gayest Sheriff in AZ.... Perv Sheriff Studboi1.

ltc444
ltc444

Given Babeu's actions i tend to believe Cris over Babeu and his merry band of thugs.

Babeu has never explained how he lost control of his evidence locker. he has never explained how his Chief Deputy happened to be found with three illegally shot bull Elks. he has never explained why his cash siezures are so low in drug operations. He has never explained how a large amount of his campaign donations come from bankrupt individuals or individuals whose visible means of support cannot justify their donations. He has never explained why his supporters have such low response times when the average response to the same area is measured in hours and not minutes. He has never shown his NBG-22 Discharge from the AZNG. He has never explained why he was booted off Active Duty before his tour was complete by a DA Involentary Seperation Board.

Given his lack of explanations I will take Cris Hernandeez over Paul Babeu.

Cris Hernandez
Cris Hernandez

I will find you and sue you like I am doing with Babeu. I will seize all of Babeu's property! Three Attorneys have already "reassigned" that were connected with this case. I promise I will find you.

ltc444
ltc444

I am familiar with Mr. Hernandes's situation.

As a victum of Paul Babeu's use of his Office and staff for political purposes, I fully understand what Chris is going through.

Babeu sent 4 of his deputies to investigate a criminal mischischef complaint. THEY LIED in their report.

They were so obvious that the Judge who heard the case dismissed the case with prejudice. The Ast. prosecutor apologized for pursuing the case and basically stated that he was ordered to by his boss.

At the behest of Bryan Martyn, He ordered his Officers not to pursue investigations of Terroristic Threatening by a OUT of state developer.

Paul Babeu cast himself as an honorably retired Military Officer. The proof he offers is a DD-314. In fact if one researches the Seperation Authority, idnetified on the 314 they will find that Babeu was dismissed for NON PERFORMANCE.

Babeu has not released his NGB-22 discharge from the AZNG. He cannot release that document as it will show that his service in the NG was NOT HONORABLE.

Chris and I both have HONORABLE discharges. I have been HONORABLY placed on the Retired List.

Babeu is not retired. He failed to meet the criteria for retirement. He does not have 20 years of qualifying service and an HONORABLE discharge.

He is a liar.

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

You probably are gay, unfortunely for you, I am a female ..sorry Guess you will have to find someone more to your taste

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

Ok well then you are either Aubrey, Ben or Ty. Guess that is where the "your fired" shit comes from. Lol

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

So basically, this is about being gay for you. And no the dispatcher was a dog and a pig fucker. So you would screw around on your wife? Lol, that's funny shit

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

as with the sheriff, if you are going to put yourself out there, expect some people to know who you are

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

What can you sue me for,pointing out the truth? It may be embarrassing and unflattering but it the truth, you are robertls brother.. oh dear was that a threat..lol

Byebyejose
Byebyejose

Your little friend was a part of his brothers drug smuggling and money laundering ring. Chris. Hernandez is very lucky not to be sitting next to his brother in prison .Chris is just another crybaby twit who really should keep his friggin mouth shut. him and his drug smugglimg family.

Iworkforaliving
Iworkforaliving

Really does not release Hernandez of who he really is, Robert's brother. Since most of Roberts relative were involved in this criminal empire, how do we know that Chris was not.. It is difficult for me to believe that Chris Hernandez had no knowledge of his brothers ill gotten gains

 
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