In a report that King authored in September 2011 — five months after the incident — he blamed the festival melee on the DPS officer.

"It became clear to me that there was a strong possibility that the suspect in this aggravated assault case had no knowledge that DPS [Officer] Grant was a sworn officer acting in an official capacity," King wrote. "In fact, through [Tucson Officer Mikeal Allen's] statement, I concluded there was sufficient evidence with multiple witnesses that DPS Officer Grant had committed aggravated assault on Mikeal by pointing his gun at him."

King continued that "after . . . hearing both sides of the story, I decided to have a PCSO detention commander call the on-call judge" to have Keys released.

Former PCSO Deputy Hank Mueller (left) with Sheriff Paul Babeu, Governor Jan Brewer, and PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.
Former PCSO Deputy Hank Mueller (left) with Sheriff Paul Babeu, Governor Jan Brewer, and PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.
Jayme Valenzuela
Jayme Valenzuela

Says Grant in court papers, "King and PCSO administration were going to sweep this case under the rug from day one."

Chief Henry's assessment of King's actions: His conduct was "in accordance with law enforcement practices and his actions were within PCSO policies and procedures."

No charges ever were pursued against Keys in the fracas.


On a hot July day, Elias Johnson stumbled upon a surveillance operation that the U.S. Marshal's Office was conducting in his Gilbert neighborhood.

The federal officers were tracking former Phoenix Police Sergeant Justin Griffith, wanted in a scheme involving the purchase of painkillers using blank prescription pads; Griffith was accused of taking a cut of the money after the pills were sold.

Johnson, a former KPHO television reporter hired by Paul Babeu in 2011 as a PCSO spokesman, identified himself to the surveillance team as a Pinal County Sheriff's Office employee.

The introduction left the team with the impression that he was a sworn law enforcement officer, as did the red and blue police lights that Johnson had attached to his take-home county car.

Later, when Griffith showed up at his Gilbert home — and deputy marshals were ready to strike — they spotted a Fox 10 news truck on the scene.

They asked Johnson whether he'd tipped off the media to the stakeout. He denied that he had.

Nonetheless, the U.S. Marshal's Office filed a complaint with the PCSO, and Johnson was put on paid leave as the Sheriff's Office investigated.

It marked the second investigation of Johnson, who also was caught up in the federal Hatch Act probe by the federal Office of Special Counsel into whether Babeu's employees did campaign work for him on county time.

The PCSO investigators concluded that Johnson had released "sensitive information without authorization by contacting the news media, while off duty, and alerting them to an ongoing fugitive arrest-warrant operation."

Though he'd denied calling Fox 10 to the Marshal's Office, to his PCSO supervisor, and to PCSO internal affairs, his cell-phone records proved otherwise.

Johnson initially claimed that Fox 10 had called him, but he later admitted that wasn't true.

On the day of the stakeout, Johnson got caught up in his own bizarre episode of Cops. Wearing a bulletproof vest, he entered the suspect's home with the team of officers and filmed the whole thing with a county-owned video camera, a PCSO statement disclosed.

Johnson resigned in October, and Hank Mueller was among those under consideration to replace him. The Tempe police action following Mueller's alleged bad behavior at the nightclub scrubbed "The Tank" from the picture.

When Babeu spoke to the Board of Supervisors in January, requesting the authority to expand his stable of at-will employees, he told members that it would "allow the Sheriff's Office to manage to an even higher level of performance."

Babeu claimed to supervisors that he surrounds himself with "competent people who do the job" and that he wanted those in his command staff to know they are a "direct representation of me."

And, in many ways, they are — from certain rookie deputies all the way to up to Chief Henry, a former Chandler police sergeant brought to the PCSO as Babeu's second-in-command.

Henry was forced to end his own bid for Pinal County sheriff last year when Babeu's congressional campaign unraveled after New Times published his ex-boyfriend's abuse-of-power allegations and details of his maintaining an explicit online gay-dating-site profile — among other revelations.

If he couldn't be an Arizona congressman, Babeu decided, he would run for sheriff again. Babeu claimed the move was for "the continued success of our Sheriff's Office." He claimed that Henry's staying on as chief deputy and his becoming sheriff again was the only way to carry on the "important" work he'd started at the PCSO.

The impression Babeu gave was that his giving up his congressional aspirations had only to do with best serving the citizens of Pinal County. He even proffered that it was Henry's decision to drop out of contention for sheriff.

And, proving himself the ultimate loyalist among the sheriff's "elite," Henry never said a public word to the contrary.

Indeed, Henry may be a cut above certain other members of Babeu's inner circle — if for no other reason than he hasn't followed in his boss' footsteps and brought embarrassment to the office he serves.

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Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

Where is the proffered professionalism and accountability from Stuboi's administration.  LIE-Tenant Blake King should have been demoted (at a minimum) for his meddling and gamesmanship. He would have been in any other Law Enforcement agency run by professionals.  Lie-tenant Kings anonymous, vulgar performance in defense of Stuboi are absolutely stunningly embarassing to the PCSO.  If he is so thin-skinned that he has to attempt to malign a radio host in defense of PCSO activities; what lengths is he willing to go to HIDE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR.  No Stuboi has really created a mess in Pinal County and they have demonstrated they are not worthy of public trust.  

katedemp
katedemp

If I was a man and Babeu made the statement, "I'm getting to the bottom of this," I would run out the door as fast as possible. Luckily for me, I'm not his type.....you know, a woman.

serpico1000
serpico1000

if the"Elite"staff is following Babue's example, Yeah! they are doing a very good job, bunch of nincampoops.

zinxminx
zinxminx

lol, Corruption runs deep, oh yes it does!


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katedemp
katedemp

I'm curious, if Elias Johnson was deemed untrustworthy and a liar by PCSO, how was he hired by DPS? Does DPS conduct background checks or call former employers? I heard that Johnson quit DPS because they were to mean to him in the DPS pre-police academy. Wow, I never held DPS in high regards, but I at least held them higher than PCSO, but if DPS is taking PCSO rejects, guess not.

On a different note, Sheriff Studboi better becareful taunting the feds continously. Sheriff Arpaio might do it and get away with it, but in AZ, he is a political heavyweight. Sheriff Studboi is a political featherweight. Plus, Sheriff Arpaio doesn't have skeletons in his closet like studboi does. He keeps messing with the feds, watch them re-open up the investigation of studboi having a 16 y/o boy living w/him while studboi was the HEADmaster at a boys schoool. Another question, how did Chandler PD miss that during studboi's background check?

Slappy
Slappy

Read this morning in AZ Republic "Babeu apolgizes for audit-tampering accusation".  Babeu accused the County Manager Fritz Behring of tampering with the audit pertaining to Babeu's jail.  Babeu cites the error was made by a subordinate.  "Babeu said that he was misinformed by a subordinate, whom he has since punished". 

Did this subordinate also take the blame for the photos.  This man is a coward. 

Slappy
Slappy

Babeu is "steaming mad" at the release of undocumented inmates.The release places a hamper on Babeu’s potential dating pool. He is fighting back by asking DHS for the inmates’ addresses.

I have a suspicion that Babeu’s past is catching up to him.When Babeu detects a hint that the Feds are snooping in his back yard, he comes up with a back story in the event shit hits the fan.This way he can declare he is only being targeted because of his views.

Much like when he said he received credible information that he had been "greened lighted", by the Mexican Mafia-when in fact his extracurricular activities with Jose were being circulated.

As for the addresses, Babeu will personally conduct home visits to those individuals who have been released.

Slappy
Slappy

Babeu is "steaming mad" at the release of undocumented inmates.The release places a hamper on Babeu’s potential dating pool. He is fighting back by asking DHS for the inmates' addresses.

I have a suspicion that Babeu’s past is catching up to him.When Babeu detects a hint that the Feds are snooping in his back yard, he comes up with a back story in the event shit hits the fan.This way he can declare he is only being targeted because of his stance on immigration. 

Much like when he said he received credible information that he had been "greened lighted", by the Mexican Mafia-when in fact his extracurricular activities with Jose were being circulated.

As for the addresses, Babeu will personally conduct home visits to those individuals who have been released.

It would be wise for members of his "Elite Team" to start backing away. 

Slappy
Slappy

Read this morning in AZ Republic "Babeu apolgizes for audit-tampering accusation".  Babeu accused the County Manager Fritz Behring of tampering with the audit pertaining to Babeu's jail.  Babeu cites the error was made by a subordinate.  "Babeu said that he was misinformed by a subordinate, whom he has since punished". 

Did this subordinate also take the blame for the photos.  This man is a coward. 

youareamolesterpaul
youareamolesterpaul

Paul is a molester and the whole Babeu family in AZ protects him along with his deputies. NO one will write the truth, but there evidence to back it up. Lets start with the fact that was left out of the article of Joshua that the whole Babeu family met Paul living with in North Adams MA on Willow St.that was a student at Desisto. Paul was molested by his brother John which is well documented and so was his brother Shaun and other sisters and brothers and his own mother beaten by John. But Paul choices to shut his mouth and protect John while they both going on molesting other young people. Shaun and Paul when they were younger were too close for comfort. Shaun was always on Paul's will and I am sure was very shock to find out he was not when Paul went to Iraq. Mueller followed Paul around like a puppy dog and was always at Paul's house and never looked at a girl but Paul's ass. Lucy was not allowed at her own mother's funeral because they were afraid of the truth leaking out about all the brother's who were rapists. Paul lied on fox about being raped by the priest at age 11 in a interview in March 2011. In 1993 the Judge order Paul never to collect any money for evidence in the Lavigne grand jury, but in 2002 he collected $150,000 and other money in other states. Lies, lies, lies. Paul tell the truth about being molested by Lavigne and about the Croteau boy who died. Don't you feel guilty about Shaun Dobbert dying?

50jxxx
50jxxx

Yet, he was overwhelming re-elected.   Go figure.

penkdooo
penkdooo

lol, Corruption is bliss


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mandisroyalflush
mandisroyalflush

All I can do is shake my head and think that these are the people that are "sworn to serve and PROTECT". Pffff.....

jester.jackson
jester.jackson

It just makes me wonder if Babeu's Elites are literally in his 'inner circle'. 

bgray59
bgray59

You are to polite when calling inner circle "elite"  I think merry band of thugs.  These people are installed throughout the department.  They are not responsible to their supervisors, who live in fear for their jobs.


These slugs routinely are used to harass citizens who have offended Babeu or his monied supporters. One out of state developer who is connected to Babeu.  Pointed a loaded pistol at a 14 year boy who was riding on a trail.  The parents filed a complaint.  The investigating "detectives" threatened the boys parents  by handling their guns while "interviewing" the parents.  


This is a violation of the National Law Enforcement training standards.  They regularly post themselves outside opponents homes.  One critic was under surveillance continuously for a month.  The harassment was so blatant and intimidating that the individual moved his family.  Now when a member of his family stay in their home Deputies come up an peer in the windows at all hours of the day or night.


Babeu needs to be removed from Office and charged with civil rights if nothing else.



scottsdalebubbe
scottsdalebubbe

I do not understand why police chiefs of cities are selected on merit,leadership, and background by the city council and sherrifs are elected.  This seems to be an artifact of long ago days and has exceeded its usefulness.  In fact, it has become toxic.  Time for a statewide change.  Otherwise, in every county, there is the proven and continuing risk of sherrifs who are not accountable to anyone.

DNichols
DNichols

How sweet, the Mother of a Knife Point Rapist Boozing it up with a Gay Pedifile Sheriff , and his Drunken Life Pals.

No D.U.I.'s allowed for this Drunken bunch of Suck Ups.

Governors Pardon.

pacholopez298
pacholopez298

You guy need to investiget About Paula Pollack, she claims she have no life becouse she needs to be always with Gay Paul, pretending to be his wife.... she sad and the bar I'm tire of cover up for this gay, my boss the I have, every knows he is gay.....she sad the new job she have is becouse she does a good job for Tim..... and she add the Real Boss is Tim.

slappy
slappy

Monica, can you post Babeu's Elite members. 

slappy
slappy

If Horne, the Arizona Attorney General can have an office romance, so should Babeu.  Remember it was Horne's office who cleared Babeu of not abusing his position. 

There's alot of ass play going on within the Sheriff's Office.  If fact it has been reported there's a heavy odor of ass and cheap men's cologne spewing out of Babeu's Office. 

slappy
slappy

Monica, do you know that names of the Elite team, at will employees?

JayBeeUU
JayBeeUU

So let me get this straight: if Mueller was showing "obvious signs...of being intoxicated", does the Tempe police report also show that he was given a breath test? Since, you know, he was in "actual physical control" of a vehicle at the time? If it had been you or I behind the wheel, I bet they would have...

loneeagle1938
loneeagle1938

So, prehaps our dismal failure nutcase nitwit old boozer GOP/Tea Party Jan Brewer can get hired by that goofball Pinal County Sheriff Babbling Paul Babeu as Chief Deputy Booze Inspector.after her current term as Governor of Arizona is finished or hired as Sheriff Babbling  Buffoon Paul Babeu's Official Pinal County Sheriff Department Gun Moll. Since clearly the ugly old boozer Brewer would fit in prefectly!

budsan
budsan

John McCain and Babeu deserve each other

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

mmm, just like horndog, baboo knows how to pick his little harem of cuties who put out for him.... 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why am I not surprised?

PCSO is corrupt because Little Joe Paul is corrupt. He was corrupt when he was in the NG, he was corrupt as DeSisto headmaster, etc.

PCSO is a second MCSO.

1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

Paul Babeu needs a new nickname, how about Sheriff Bababooey?  Sheriff Baboytoy?  Sheriff Bablowme?  Sheriff Bablewyou?

studboitool
studboitool

 Baboso said he hired handsome males to be around him: Muller, Blake, Jonhson, and babeun personal assistant. Babeu met Muller at chandler when Muller was doing fingerprints. Babeu offer a job to Johnson when they had an interview, babeu promised a lot to him. Babeu hires the son of best friend to be his personal assistant and driver. Babeu hired his best friend from Chandler, Blake. Babeu hired Mullers mom to thank Muller for helping campaigning.

BAbeun has campaigning using county resources. Its incredible feds can’t find this, when I personally saw evidence. Baboon corrupted and breaking the law.

Gay babon self nominated for sheriff of the year, where he wrote all letters and send to political allies to sign the letter to selfnominate himself. I saw this in babon house.

Babeu and all his camping and county workers had a lot, believe me a lot of campaigning on county emails and computers.

Gaffmey who couldn’t do hard work, babeu said and hired him as his PR, who knew about babeu being gay and threatening people,so he was to cover babeu’s back

I have prove babeun violating The federalHatch Act, what the feds can’t .

Babeu and blake king went to a trip together to san diego according to babeu.

Pinal employees not only rumored that blake was lazy and didn’t do anything, babeu himself commented blake was incapable, that blake almost cried cause he couldn’t handle to job, too much stress in 2010, but babeu almost forece him to cover the corruption around  babeu

MANGOORTEGA
MANGOORTEGA

If you think Valenzuela is corrupt at PCSO you should see the corruption going on in Superior!! Now thats an investigation you should open!!!! Contact me

bgray59
bgray59

@scottsdalebubbe  I would rather have an elected sheriff accountable to the citizens.  Than an appointed Police accountable to a few politicians like Phoenix had for so many years. 

scottsdalebubbe
scottsdalebubbe

@pacholopez298 -- Pacho -- Please go back to school and don't post online again until you learn how to write and spell correctly in English.  While your message may be interesting, it gets lost because of your incompetent writing.

VandaDuarte
VandaDuarte

@pacholopez298 Paula Pollock was the fangirl (and fellow Rose Law Group client) who was trying to set up a medical marijuana dispensary when Baboso hired her, amirite? On what specifically has she done a good job? Because I don't see a lot of good work coming out of that office.

DNichols
DNichols

You mean Ru-Paul?

At Desisto was Rumpy Corrupt, or a Pedifile having Sex with a seventeen year old boy entrusted to this Sick Bastard and his School for teen guidance?!!!

Babeu is a Sick Predator.

DNichols
DNichols

Gay Pedifile, Rump Ranger, Pole Smoker, Sperm Burper, many Nick Names are very approriate for this Sick Bastard.

He fits right in to Arizona Politics.

I know Babeu got in a little trouble misshandling Military Gear, but I would sure like to know who gave Babeu's Neo_Nazi Pal J.T. Ready the Six High Tech. Military Rocket Proppelled Grenades (Weapons of Mass Destruction.) found at his Gilbert Home at the time of his Masacre?!!

Who were the Camo Clad Vigilantees, that Murdered the Two Immigrants in Babeu's Pinal County?

Any Ideas Rumpy?

McCain to Babeu in the Commercial:  "Now you are one of us."

pacholopez298
pacholopez298

@MANGOORTEGA  I know what you are talking about John Tamaran ,from superior who pay for paul campain, for promess for a job Pinal county Jail.

pacholopez298
pacholopez298

@VandaDuarte yes, the is her..... Just check her son who is pot smoker,she have her son kids, hum I wonder why!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@AZHighways @MaskedMagician1967

Why am I not surprised?

atameron2
atameron2

@pacholopez298....Its TAMERON!!!    Before you comment any further....Please Please, Proof read and pick up a dictionary.  Idiot!

VandaDuarte
VandaDuarte

@atameron2 @VandaDuarte Your business or not, the claim is mostly what you were reacting to. Or do you spend your days nitpicking the English of random online commenters who don't refer to John Tameron? It would've been wiser to let it lie. 

atameron2
atameron2

@VandaDuarte  I don't know those answers....as it is none of my business.   I was clearly just stating that Mr. Lopez needs a English lesson.  

VandaDuarte
VandaDuarte

@atameron2  Spelling aside, is the idiot's claim correct? It's at least true that Jon Tameron & his wife did both contribute the legal maximum to Babeu last July, a total of $860 (making them his biggest donors in the county). Did Babeu or anyone associated with him raise the possibility of any benefit to anyone in return?

 
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