AG Horne takes on investigation into Babeu allegations
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Four days after the story broke about allegations that Sheriff Paul Babeu may have threatened an ex-lover with deportation if he didn't keep their affair secret, the Pinal County sheriff publicly asked outside agencies to help investigate.
Babeu first asked the Gila County attorney and sheriff, but both said they lacked the resources to take on such an investigation.
Then Babeu called Attorney General Tom Horne, asking for a "comprehensive investigation into all allegations made against me and my office, as well as possible crimes committed against me."
Horne agreed to take on the investigation.
"I felt like the buck stopped with me because I'm the chief law enforcement officer of the state," said Horne. "If he couldn't get it done at the county level, I would need to do it."
Horne said since he and Babeu are political supporters who've campaigned for each other, he would recuse himself and appoint someone in his office to take over the investigation.
As for the scope of the investigation, Horne said it was too early to say.
"It's premature for me to get into those kinds of details. As it is, my staff is going to be angry at me I agreed to do it without consulting with them," said Horne.
Horne said he'd meet with his team Wednesday to discuss how to proceed.
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