Calls for an investigation into the recent allegations of abuse of power against Sheriff Paul Babeu have landed in two different camps.
On Tuesday, Pinal County attorney Jim Walsh held a news conference. Walsh announced that he would be referring all matters involving Babeu to the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council's Public Integrity Task Force.
"The Task Force was created in 1992 to provide a forum to which elected prosecuting attorneys could refer and request review of allegations of breach of public trust by elected public officials. This task force was created to ensure an impartial, decision making process," said Walsh.
APAAC will decide the scope of their inquiry and the process for which they will review the issues surrounding the controversy.
At the same time Walsh was holding his news conference, word came that Babeu ask Attorney General Tom Horne to conduct and independent comprehensive investigation into both the allegations lodged against him and accusations that Babeu was the victim of crimes perpetrated by his ex-lover.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Attorney General Tom Horne is the top prosecutor in the state. I feel that he and his staff will conduct this comprehensive investigation into all allegations made against me and my office, as well as possible crimes committed against me."
Babeu's ex-lover, Jose, has made claims that Babeu and his attorney threatened to have him deported if he went public with their intimate relationship.
Babeu said Jose is the one who stole his identity, hacked into his social media sites and posted scandalous, untruths about him.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:58:48 GMT
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