Embattled Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is reaching out to Gila County officials to conduct an independent investigation into abuse-of-power allegations that Jose Orozco, his Mexican ex-boyfriend, has leveled against him.
Babeu claims that Orozco "hacked" his campaign websites and social media accounts and impersonated him. (More details on that later.)
Babeu's request to Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores and the Gila County Sheriff John Armor for the inquiry comes after days of Babeu telling various media outlets that he wouldn't call for such a probe.
It's unclear what changed the sheriff's mind.
Now, he's asking for their "immediate attention," and says he has "instructed his Sheriff's Office and political staff to fully cooperate with your inquiry in an effort to settle these allegations made against me."
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But it isn't just an investigation into the allegations against him that Babeu is after; he also wants Gila County officials to take a look at the "possible crimes" he claims that his ex-boyfriend committed against him.
"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," Babeu writes. "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."
Read Babeu's letter.