Sheriff Arpaio-Type Character is Child Rapist/Murderer on CBS' Medium

A fictional sheriff whose policies bear an uncanny resemblance to those of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was featured as a child rapist/murderer last week on CBS' Medium show.

At least one Arpaio-lovin' blogger blew a gasket over the depiction, which comes a few weeks after news that a racist character in the movie Machete might be based on the sheriff.

According to conservative writer Warner Todd Huston:

Guest star Tom Wopat portrays a sheriff that is dismissive of the health and welfare of his prisoners, he's a man that snickers at them, and treats them as less than human. This sheriff makes his prisoners wear -- gasp! -- pink jumpsuits and work on chain gangs! Oh the horrors.

We won't assume the "oh the horrors" comment was reserved only for the pink jumpsuits and chain gangs. Huston apparently is for treating jail inmates "as less than human" -- just like the real-life sheriff here in Maricopa.

Surprisingly, Arpaio's office hasn't issued a news bulletin condemning the show. Usually, any news is good news for that office, but perhaps the whole child-rapist/murderer angle has left Arpaio speechless, for once.

It must suck getting depicted as the type of evil scumbag whom society fears the most. We're proud to say we've never seen one episode of Medium. But judging from Huston's write-up, the producers and writers of the show didn't pull any punches.

Still, Arpaio has made his name by glorifying his poor treatment of inmates, bashing "liberals," and targeting Hispanics in his, um, push to enforce federal immigration laws.

At this point in his career, Arpaio can't expect to be showered in kindness by the very "liberals" he disses.

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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.