A month before claiming to be "flabbergasted" by the news that his wife was having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock met with former interim County Attorney Rick Romley and asked whether he knew of any good defense lawyers that specialize in cases of sexual abuse of minors, new media reports show.
This new development in what continues to play out as one of the most bizarre sex scandals to ever hit the Valley suggests the county supervisor knew of the abuse of the boy even earlier than has already been confirmed in police reports. At no point did he report the abuse to police.
Click here for a more detailed timeline of when the county supervisor learned details of his wife's relationship with the boy.
In early September 2010, more than a month before Susan Brock's arrest, the county supervisor met with Romley and asked if he could help him find a lawyer specializing in cases of sexual abuse of minors "for a friend," Romley confirms to the Arizona Republic.
Romley then hand-delivered the names of three defense attorneys to Brock's county office.
The day Susan Brock was arrested, about a month after Romley delivered a list of sexual abuse attorneys to the county supervisor's office -- and about two weeks after Fulton Brock was told by his Mormon bishop that his wife had admitted to sexually abusing the boy -- she told police as she was stopped in the same Lexus SUV in which she'd molested the teenage victim that it was their "lucky day."
Susan Brock, it seems, was on her way to meet an attorney about the sexual-abuse charges she apparently was anticipating to be filed against her. The reason the police were so "lucky" was because of some incriminating notes in the front seat of her car. The notes were titled "History," according to court documents obtained by New Times.
At the top of the page, there was a "series of questions, presumably for a person Susan Brock was going to meet with," the detective handling the case notes in his report.
On the third line of the note, the report states, were the words "how much might we cover in an hr?" Under that line, were three questions:
"Mr. Larry Kazan said we could do hr. billing. Your rate is____?
"Intake treatment SLC goal. Avoiding prison goal. Putting life order keeping family together.
"[Redacted] mother, daughter, girlfriend, extorteda..
"Mentally insane defense [redacted]?
"Any sexual felony difference intercourse or fellatio minor?"
The detective concluded that "after reviewing the document and looking at numerous documents signed by Mr. Brock, I believe that the letter was hand-written by Mr. Brock and the writings were instructions for Susan Brock with pointed questions she was to ask of a lawyer."
Authorities then compared the note to handwriting samples taken from Fulton Brock. He could not be ruled out as the author of the note.
Romley confirms that the lawyer named in the note Fulton Brock appears to have given his wife to take to an attorney was the same as one of the three lawyers he'd suggested to the county supervisor more than a month earlier.
But the month leading up to Susan Brock's arrest isn't the first time the county supervisor knew suspicions were out there that his wife was abusing the boy.
In October of 2009 -- more than a year before Susan Brock's arrest -- Supervisor Brock, his wife, the parents of the teenage victim, and officials with the Mormon Church met in October 2009 to discuss suspicions that Susan Brock was having a sexual relationship with the victim.
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She denied it, but the suspicion was there and everyone in the room that day knew it -- including Fulton Brock, who told police on the morning of his wife's arrest (more than a year after the meeting with church officials) that he was "in the dark" about his wife's abusing the boy.
Fulton Brock has ignored repeated requests for comment from New Times. In fact, he hasn't discussed the case -- or even made a public appearance (until today) -- at all since the news of his wife's arrest broke.
This afternoon, Brock and his pal, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, spoke to recovering drug addicts at one of Arpaio's jails in what was the county supervisor's first public appearance since his wife's arrest. Following the speech, when asked about charges that he knew of his wife's affair at least a month before her arrest, Brock would only say, "I can only comment on government related things today. Im not gonna respond to anything relative to my family or personal matters."
Brock seems to think these sort of questions are simply going to go away -- which they won't. That said, it's pretty hard to be a public official when every time you appear in public you're asked the same question to which you'll provide no answer.