By Ray Stern
When scandals chase veteran cops like Steve Boltz out of an upstanding institution like the Scottsdale Police Department, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is apparently always there to break the fall.
Boltz, 43, then a school resource officer for Chaparral High School, was found last April to have "received, viewed, stored and forwarded" pornographic images stored on a computer he used at the school. The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board voted last week to suspend his authority as a sworn officer for eight months.
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But Boltz had already decided his own course of punishment earlier this year. Following the porn accusation, Boltz resigned from the Scottsdale Police Department and found himself a job as a detention officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, where he still works. As the Tribune reported today:
Boltz's suspension would not have an impact on his position as a detention officer with the county, according to Capt. Paul Chagolla of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Chagolla is referring to the fact that peace officer certification isn't needed for the jail guard job.
But the implication is that Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes in the dregs of other departments. While detention officers with stains on their resumes no doubt appreciate having a job, stories like this must make the average detention officer cringe in embarrassment.