Mark Mitchell Says He's Just Been Hit With "What May Be the Most Repulsive Last-Minute Attack in Arizona History"
There are people out there who really, really don't want Mark Mitchell to be the next mayor of Tempe.
Recently, his opponent, Michael Monti, pulled out a police report involving an incident Mitchell was involved in with the cops in 1993 on Mill Avenue, when Mitchell was 24 years old.
Mitchell said Monti was "really hitting the bottom of the barrel" on that one, but another police report released Tuesday afternoon by Mitchell opponents claiming sexual conduct with a minor goes well beyond releasing information about Mitchell acting a little dumb on Mill Avenue.
The right-wing Sonoran Alliance blog released the report from the Phoenix Police Department yesterday, in which a woman claims Mitchell engaged in some sexual activities with her when she was a kid, and Mitchell was somewhere between the ages of 12 and 14.
The victim, who alleges these incidents took place in 1983 -- 1983 -- came forward to police to tell her story... on March 10. That's March 10, 2012.
According to the police report, the woman "expressed that this has been eating at her for years and it has gotten worse lately due to the public exposure of Mitchell at this time as he is a current Tempe City Councilman who is a mayoral candidate for the City of Tempe."
That's not to say the woman's allegations are false, but that sure is some convenient timing.
Her story, according to the report, is that she was sexually abused by Mitchell when she was 10 years old, when Mitchell was her neighbor and babysitter.
She gave four accounts to police, although the specific actions are redacted in the report.
The final account the woman gave included asking her mother "about how a person gets pregnant, due to her fear of being pregnant after Mitchell had (redacted) with her in the shed," the report states.
The woman's mother told police she didn't remember her daughter telling her anything about this, but remembered at one point Mitchell "was never allowed at their house again."
She didn't remember why Mitchell was banned from the house, but said neither Child Protective Services nor the police was called.
The mother also told police she didn't remember having her 10-year-old daughter asking how someone gets pregnant.
The woman's brother told police that "he did not think he was aware that anything had happened to his sister until he was an adult."
One of the incidents the woman described to police involved her brother, in which she claimed Mitchell called him into the room "to get him to join in" some activity that's also redacted from the report. Her brother didn't recall that incident to police.
On April 5, the woman ended up talking to Mitchell in person, saying she was "bothered" by what happened when they were kids, and told Mitchell he was her "first," the report says.
"Mitchell said they were young and exploring and he was sorry she felt the way she did," the report states. "He said he would talk to her more of she wanted to."
Later that day, the woman called Mitchell to talk more. They debated what age Mitchell was when it happened -- the woman contended he was 15, Mitchell said 12 -- and the rest of the conversation was very similar to the account of the talk they had earlier in the day.
The woman contends this happened in 1983, which would have made Mitchell 13 or 14 years old.
According to the police report, police contacted Mitchell on April 10 to request an interview with him, and the report states Mitchell claimed he didn't know who the woman was.
Mitchell's attorney called police back to set up the interview date, which was supposed to be two days ago, although this report was written on April 30.
The report says the information would be forwarded to the county attorney once everything's completed.
Mitchell's lawyer didn't immediately return a message from New Times left with his secretary.
In a statement released to KFYI, Mitchell denies the allegations, and not surprisingly, thinks there's a might coincidence that this came out while Mitchell's in the middle of a mayoral race in which Monti and his supporters haven't exactly played nice.
Read Mitchell's statement below, in which Mitchell says this "may be the most repulsive last-minute attack in Arizona history":
"The allegations in the Phoenix police report involving me are false, vile, and clearly politically motivated.
Supporters of my opponent in the Tempe Mayor's race have relentlessly trafficked even more despicable allegations in anonymous emails, blog posts and calls to the media. Those allegations are also false.
None of these false, salacious allegations were ever mentioned to anyone until a few weeks before this election. There has been a coordinated media push by my opponent's surrogates every day since. It seems that no tactic is too low for my opponent. He and his team have proven that over and over.
We have reached a new low in Tempe politics. We have graduated from merely trying to damage someone's reputation to actively trying to ruin their life. I trust that voters will see through it.
My opponent started his campaign months ago by smearing me, and he is going to end with what may be the most repulsive last-minute attack in Arizona history."
Read the police report here, and we'll keep you updated on this matter.
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