The Susan Brock Sex Scandal
The sexual relationship between Susan Brock, the now-estranged wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, and a teenage boy didn't start with a kiss.
It started with a handjob in the backseat of Brock's Lexus as it sat parked in a partially developed neighborhood near the Chandler airport in October 2007, according to police records.
The boy, then 14, was seated behind the driver's seat. As he and Susan Brock were alone in the car, she crawled over the seat, disrobed the boy, and grabbed his penis.
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"Why don't you look at me?" she asked the boy as she massaged his genitals. "Would you ever kiss me?"
When it was over, the boy asked Brock to "take me home, please."
The tryst near the Chandler airport was one of at least 30 similar sexual encounters — many of which occurred at the home of the county supervisor and involved the use of at least three vibrating sex toys — that the boy told police he and Brock shared over a three-year period.
Supervisor Brock maintains that he knew nothing of the affair, that he was "shocked" to learn of the allegations against his wife. But the report released by the Chandler Police Department after Susan Brock's guilty plea last week suggests that the county supervisor learned of suspicions that there was a sexual relationship between the boy and his wife about a year before she was charged with molesting him.
To make the story even more bizarre, Brock's 21-year-old daughter, Rachel, is accused of having a sexual relationship with the same boy when he was 13. Rachel Brock was 18 at the time.
The heavily redacted police report suggests that the relationship between Susan Brock and the boy was unearthed by the boy's girlfriend in October 2010. She apparently discovered messages sent between Brock and the boy that were stored on an iPod Touch that Brock had bought for him. The girl took the information to her parents (whom police say already weren't fond of their daughter's relationship with the boy), who told the boy's parents.
"[It's] obvious you have uncovered my darkest secret that I have been trying to forget about for a very long time," the boy wrote in an e-mail to his girlfriend's mother after his relationship with Brock was exposed, "but I really need you right now. I can't share this with anyone besides you all . . . This is very unfair. I wasn't able to see [your daughter] unless I played by [Susan Brock's] rules, and I was afraid [your daughter] would dump me if I didn't see [your daughter]. I am begging you."
He went on to tell his girlfriend's mother, "I was a robot during that. I was told what to do, and if I didn't, I feared losing [your daughter, whom] I lost in the end anyways."
The following account also is based on police records:
The boy's girlfriend appears to have known nothing about the relationship between her boyfriend and Susan Brock before finding the messages, even though Brock had arranged meetings for the young couple to have sex after the girl's parents forbade their daughter from seeing the boy.
In one such meeting, Brock drove the two to a mall in Chandler. She parked the car, went into the mall, and left the two children in the car, where they had sex.
Brock had left a sex "kit" in the car for the couple, which included sexual lubricants, a pink vibrator, and condoms. When the two teens finished having sex, the boy text-messaged Brock. She returned to the car and drove the two home. She even got rid of the used condom, which she told the couple to put back in the sex "kit" for disposal when they were done.
While the boy's girlfriend may have been in the dark about the relationship between Brock and the boy, his parents suspected such a sexual relationship as early as October 2009 — about a year before Brock was charged.
Chandler police Sergeant Joe Favazzo tells New Times that the Brock family and the family of the boy were friends. They met as members of the same Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple, and on at least one occasion, they vacationed together, Favazzo says. On a vacation, Favazzo says, Rachel Brock and the then-13-year-old boy began a sexual relationship that continued for about a year — when her mother began her relationship with the boy.
The boy's parents, meanwhile, grew suspicious of Brock's relationship with their son. Brock would often pick up the boy from school and bring him lunch, which worried the boy's parents.
His parents' concerns got to the point that they told the school not to allow Brock to pick up their son anymore, and the principal of the school even told the county supervisor's wife that if she stepped foot on school property, he would call police.
The parents of the boy called a meeting at their church to confront Brock — and her husband, Fulton — about the relationship.
During a 2009 meeting with LDS stake president Mitch Jones, the father of Brock's victim asked her point-blank whether she was having a sexual relationship with his son. Brock denied it — with her county supervisor husband sitting in the room with her.
Following the meeting, the boy's parents "angrily" returned the iPod that Susan Brock had given their son. Fulton Brock took possession of the iPod, the police report states.
At that point, the boy's school, his parents, and the church all were at least suspicious of a sexual relationship between the boy and Susan Brock, and Fulton Brock was aware of the suspicions. However, when she was arrested last October, Fulton Brock issued a statement saying, "Even with this statement, I am not sure how to express what such a shocking emotional punch to your heart and family feels like. I am stunned."
Fulton Brock has since filed for divorce from his wife. Following her guilty plea last week, he continued to deny any knowledge of the relationship.
"My wife was untruthful to me. She was untruthful to the victim's parents. I knew nothing of this inappropriate sexual behavior until the police arrested my wife," Brock says in a statement to New Times. "But I certainly know enough now to divorce her and be the best dad possible to three children who really need me."
The supervisor did not respond to a request for an interview, but his PR representative, Jason Rose, offered the following explanation as to how Brock remained ignorant to his wife's three-year sexual relationship with the son of family friends.
"'How could I have missed all of this' is something Fulton will probably wrestle with for a very long time," Rose tells New Times. "I think the explanation may very well be that Fulton believes the best in people . . . And when your longtime wife and [the] mother of your kids says something so definitively, you believe it."
Susan Brock has pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, a far cry from the 15 felony counts on which she was initially indicted. In exchange for the plea deal, Brock will be placed on lifetime probation and faces anywhere from seven to 15 years in prison when she's sentenced on March 16.
Rachel Brock's been charged with three counts of sexual conduct with minor and one count of transmitting obscene material to a minor for her alleged relationship with the boy. She has since been released from custody as she awaits further court action.
Fulton Brock, meanwhile, was pegged to become the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, but he removed his name from consideration in wake of his family's bizarre sex scandal.
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