Sheriff Arpaio Distorts Truth in Ad About Sex-Crimes Investigations

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, facing what may be the closest election of his long career, tries to rewrite history in a new ad about his office's poorly done sex-crimes investigations.

Arpaio's campaign ran the ad in a prominent location on the Arizona Republic's Web site, and the main theme is that the newspaper is running a series on the sex-crimes investigations for political reasons.

One look at this fact-challenged ad and you know Arpaio's grasping at straws in what has become the worst scandal of his five terms in office:

-See also: Victims Wonder Why Arpaio Let Sex-Abuse Cases Languish

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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.