Jarrett Maupin II May Face Felony Charges, Says Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio couldn't make a misdemeanor case against Jarrett Maupin II stick, but Arpaio says another agency's considering more serious charges against the Phoenix Union High School Board District member and former mayoral candidate.

This according to a Arizona Republic story today. We couldn't get Arpaio on the phone, but really, we're not too upset about the scoop. The story's that dirty.

You see, this one involves serious, salacious accusations against a sitting mayor that no one really wants to discuss. Not the Republic, and not New Times -- because no evidence has ever been offered to prove what Maupin told us and other media. (You can get the police report yourself if you're that curious).

Of course, Arpaio's bluster about the other agency he won't name -- probably the FBI -- may just be a face-saving move after local prosecutors shot down his case.

Maupin better hope so. -- Ray Stern

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
Contact: Ray Stern