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Sheriff Babeu Requests Investigation of Ex-Boyfriend's Deportation Threat Charges: VIDEO


Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu has asked for an independent investigation surrounding deportation allegations made by his ex-boyfriend Jose Orozco, The Republic reports:

BabeuPinal County's top prosecutor has asked a special panel formed to investigate alleged violations of public trust to review claims made against Sheriff Paul Babeu, and Attorney General Tom Horne said he will investigate Babeu at the embattled lawman's request.

Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh said Tuesday that the matter will go before the southern subcommittee of the Public Integrity Task Force, a little-used team formed by the Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council in 1992 to handle cases when local prosecutors had a conflict or wanted to avoid the perception of one. The chairwoman of the subcommittee has agreed to take the case, though no time frame has been set.

Walsh said he felt the independent and bipartisan panel would appropriately handle the allegations and "take the politics out of it."

Horne said he's also going to investigate "abuse of power" allegations.

In a letter dated Tuesday to Gila County Sheriff John Armer and County Attorney Daisy Flores, Babeu asked for the scope of the investigation to include "allegations of human-rights violations, threatening and intimidating, misuse of public resources, theft of property, theft of identity, fraud and impersonation."

ABC15 talks to Jose Orozco's roommate Kyle Monaghan (above), since they're working all the angles. Monaghan says Orozco never brought anybody home.

Watch ABC15's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

HeinzMeanwhile, questions have arisen about Babeu's relationship with Tucson state Representative Matt Heinz, who is running to fill Gabby Giffords seat in Congress. They stem from an item in the Phoenix New Times story which mentions Heinz:

Openly gay Tucson state Representative Matt Heinz was one of two Democratic lawmakers who broke ranks with the party in March 2011 and voted to give Babeu $5 million to combat border violence. Other lawmakers opposed the measure, in part, because Babeu's county is at least 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. The measure finally was pared down to $1.7 million and passed by the Legislature.

About a week after Heinz's nod to Babeu, the sheriff spent the night at Heinz's home, text messages that Jose shared with New Times show.

"I'm at Mat Heinz and his boyfriend for dinner & ice cream . . . we are going out to bar and . . . to their house. [Am] staying over," Babeu texted to Jose at 1:04 a.m. last April 2.

Heinz didn't immediately return a phone call seeking confirmation of the sleepover.

The Village Voice's Steven Thrasher posed a question directly to Heinz on his Facebook page:

Rep. Heinz, Steven Thrasher,Village Voice staff writer here. My colleagues at the Phoenix New Times have implied that you and your boyfriend had three-way sex with Sheriff Paul Babeu. Is this true? I am gay and do not think consensual acts of gay sex (or three-way sex) are unethical, wrong, or frankly anyone's business beyond the parties involved. However, it looks bad for an elected official to have a "sleepover" with a government employee after helping steer $1.7 million in funds their way. As one of just a few openly gay people running for congress at a time of great trial for LGBT Americans, how do you think this looks?

Watch ABC15's report on the investigation request, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Paul and Jose were not boyfriends. They were f-buddies. Jose had a meltdown when he found out he wasn't Paul's only trick.

    This is a story about a scorned Latin vs a gay Republican. There really are no winners here.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 22, 2012 8:59:21 AM

  2. WE'RE the winners.

    This is great entertainment.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 22, 2012 9:05:30 AM

  3. I agree w/ David; this scandal is highly entertaining.

    Posted by: chasmader | Feb 22, 2012 9:25:01 AM

  4. Endo, you don't really know what representations Babeu made to Orozco, do you? Babeu's reputation in Massachusetts makes it all too believable that he led this guy on, told him he was his one true love & that they'd be together forever, took him for some large amount of money or free labor, and then dumped him in the nastiest way possible and, on the way out the door, preemptively tried to bully him into keeping quiet. That was the earlier MO, and it was always likely it'd backfire at some point.

    Posted by: Z | Feb 22, 2012 9:26:00 AM

  5. Yes, because you always tell your f buddies where and when you are sleeping over at peoples houses, where you are going for drinks and what time you'll (not) be back. I agree with David, this is better than a daytime soap. I'm thinking the Sheriff however has asked for too many probes already, he should quit while he's ahead.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 22, 2012 9:30:02 AM

  6. Actually, I do know. I live in Phoenix and I know these people personally.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 22, 2012 9:33:09 AM

  7. @MICHAELANDFRED "too many probes already" hahahahaha nice.

    Posted by: DocJay | Feb 22, 2012 9:51:24 AM

  8. Who are the real victims? I vote for the studio working on the porn parody that had to call casting last minute to shoot a new threeway scene.

    Posted by: JesryPo | Feb 22, 2012 9:54:45 AM

  9. Just to be shallow for a minute, but damn, if Monaghan needs a new roommate, I'd be happy to move in with him. He's unbelivably hot!

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Feb 22, 2012 9:57:52 AM

  10. What I think is hilarious about this clip is that the former roommate seemed completely comfortable throughout the interview, yet the screenshot of him makes him look like a deer in the headlights.

    Posted by: MAX | Feb 22, 2012 9:58:37 AM

  11. The story aside, I think Paul is hot.

    And if he wants to keep out illegal immigrants, fine by me. Keep up the good work.

    Posted by: Artie | Feb 22, 2012 10:02:28 AM

  12. To be shallow for a moment, I wouldn't mind pictures of the supposed three-way with Babeau, Matt Heinz, and his boyfriend, either.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 22, 2012 10:27:56 AM

  13. there are gays in arizona?

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Feb 22, 2012 10:34:21 AM

  14. @Artie I was going to say something articulate but you know what it is much simpler to just say screw you. I mean have you followed Arizona's crazy unconstitutional attempts to remove/prevent illegal immigration?

    As for this Babeu guy and his ex-lover they actually make a very sexy couple! Shame it didn't work.

    Posted by: opinionated | Feb 22, 2012 10:53:30 AM

  15. I think people are missing the most important part of the story: why would an older arrogant sheriff cop be calling himself studboi1 on A4A?

    "boi"???!!! LOL

    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 22, 2012 11:06:21 AM

  16. Dear Opinionated: I don't care. I feel no sympathy for people who illegally come into this country. Millions of others of immigrants managed to do it legally over the last century. Illegal immigration is a slap in the face to those who do the right thing, wait in line and follow the rules. So if any illegals get deported, boo-fuckin-hoo.

    Posted by: Artie | Feb 22, 2012 11:21:00 AM

  17. America was borne of illegal "immigration"
    and slavery

    so, when i hear "real americans" criticizing "illegals" i can only roll my eyes.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 22, 2012 12:18:08 PM

  18. I'm annoyed by the insinuation that because he spent the night at Matt Heinz' house, everyone assumes they had a three way. The vast majority of my friends are gay men, and I don't have sex with any of them! Gay men are perfectly capable of platonic friendships with other gay men.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Feb 22, 2012 12:29:17 PM

  19. Kevin,

    On this site people are outraged that Matt Heinz is friends with a GAY REPUBLICAN, which is obviously equivalent to being friends with JEWISH NAZIS. This is the first post here where the threesome is even mentioned.

    Posted by: AG | Feb 22, 2012 12:38:19 PM

  20. Yeah I'm not sure how you read that text and presume threesome. If they were in a relationship, would you really text your boyfriend to alert him to your plans to bang two other guys? And not at least invite him? Only slutty gays would presume threesome. I've stayed over plenty of times at friends to avoid driving somewhere drunk. Some gays can be friends with other gays and not actually be screwing them. I know how hard that might be to imagine.

    Posted by: FancyPants | Feb 22, 2012 1:00:03 PM

  21. I'm with GraphicJack above, the important thing in that clip is that Monaghan is totally hot! Sexy voice too :^)

    Posted by: leprechaunvict | Feb 22, 2012 1:20:04 PM

  22. Little Kiwi: great argument if it were 1712. Newsflash: it's 2012.

    Posted by: Artie | Feb 22, 2012 2:25:29 PM

  23. Yes, ARTIE, but it's always the conservatives who harken back to those grand old days to defend their bigotry and theocratic notions.

    As for the three-way or not, the point is they should've known better not to have a sleepover with a million dollar deal in the mix, just stoopid and points to lust clouding judgment.

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 22, 2012 2:38:17 PM

  24. Politics aside, these two strike me as the worst kind of simpletons. They belong on Jerry Springer. Kind of perfect for each other, actually.

    Posted by: kai | Feb 22, 2012 4:10:17 PM

  25. Reading a bit more about Paul Babeu and listening to a few of his interviews I come away with a terrible feeling of loss for him. How very badly society, organized religion, and politics has affected him and what he could have been.
    His story makes me sad.

    Dustin Lance Black ... this one's for you.

    Posted by: JONES | Feb 22, 2012 4:50:44 PM

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