Joe Arpaio's Deputy Told to Work Fraud Cases Instead of Child Rape Crime

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According to a memo written by a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy assigned to a botched sex crime case now threatening to cost the county millions, fraud investigations took precedence over a 13 year-old girl's report of being raped by her uncle.

The March 13, memo from MCSO detective G.J. Edgar to Sergeant P. Dougherty, identified as a supervisor of the Special Victims Unit, offers insight into how such a heinous crime, now the subject of a $30 million notice of claim to the county, was ignored for several years.

This, because Edgar claims her workload and her supervisors dictated otherwise.

The case is one of hundreds of sex crimes investigations that the MCSO has mishandled over the last few years, as resources were diverted to implement Sheriff Joe Arpaio's racial-profiling sweeps and to gin up criminal cases against the sheriff's political enemies.

Indeed, Edgar's memo makes it clear that child rape investigations were low on the MCSO's list of priorities.

Edgar relates that when she was transferred to the Special Victims Unit in 2008, she was told to take with her "a mortgage fraud case that was a special assignment from Deputy Chief B. Knight."

Knight called her a few months later and asked if she had done anything with the mortgage fraud case. Edgar said no. Knight ordered her to tend to it.

"Because this project was from a deputy chief," Edgar writes, "it was made a priority."

She says she told a supervisor at the Special Victims Unit about her working the mortgage fraud investigation.

"I was told to finish the case," she explains.

Meanwhile, Edgar had been assigned an investigation involving allegations of incestuous rape made in 2007 by Mesa 13 year-old Sabrina Morrison against her uncle Patrick Jay Morrison, then 43.

A school counselor learned of Sabrina's claims and reported them to the MCSO, which did an initial investigation and took samples from Sabrina's body for testing.

Two months later, a preliminary report from the Arizona Department of Public Safety indicated the existence of semen in swabs done of Sabrina's vagina.


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Angela Shanley
Angela Shanley

That poor kid, Sheriff Joe deserves what she got. Not fair, no justice here

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."--Dr. Martin Luther King.

 

Yes shurf, there ARE victims. 432 of them to be exact. This is one of 432 victims of crime who you and the SS goons blatantly ignored while you and Candy Andy Thomas & Co. abused your power for political gain.

 

Come November, I will be voting to boot you out of office. Time for change at MCSO.

el_extranjero
el_extranjero

Well, Missouri's congressman Todd Akin and the rest of the GOP, this girl couldn't have been raped the time she got pregnant.  You, see according to them, a woman CANNOT get pregnant from 'legitimate' rape.  So either that was a made up rape, or she got pregnant from someone else.  Arpaio is a GOPer, so he must believe this as well.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

Crazy!!! He says that wants to crack down on all crimes. But really he supports rape. Calls himself a fiscal conservative. When the so called money that he saves he uses it to have his buddies retire. Hires them back as independent contractors and hides behind the fact that is is illegal. So, what Joe that is unethical. Goes to show that Rebloodlocans are hypocrites with no ethics.

tom10545az
tom10545az

and even worse, where are the "other officers" who were supposed to "work" these cases? 

 

of course, they are now around metro phoenix, arresting "brown people" and "stoners"

 

and oh...yeah..that dude on craigslist with the dog, took you a WHOLE year to "capture" him, and then "tell the media".....what, y'all have an IQ that is also your shoe size?

 

theres no such thing as bad publicity...that only works for movie stars....not sheriff dept.

BillMcComas
BillMcComas

@erfleuncuffed I wish this at least still shocked me. It doesn't.

ToeJam
ToeJam

Where is the moral outrage at the girl's father, who "told the deputy initially looking into the case that Sabrina was 'probably making up the incident,' and said she had a history of lying"? And then allowed the perp continued access to his daughter? Who took the girl in for her abortion? Why weren't her caretakers more vigilant? 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

this is for JoeArpaioFan, you come up with all these allegations that this is a lie. we the informed give you the links and resources to check on our facts through multiple reputable sources. you have yet to find or post ANY. your own allegations are shot down by MCSO itself. even your hero JOE does not deny ANY of the facts (and we even provide you with the way to confirm this). what is wrong with you that you cannot accept reality? look we all get it, you hate illegal immigrants. that is your perogitive and you are entitled to that opinion. but why is your hate so deep that you cant see what all the collateral damage is from joes obsessive one track agenda? for fucks sake, we are talking about rapists and pedarists. are you so blinded with hate that you dont care that crimes like this are happening with no effort put forth to stop them, just so long as joe can make a small dent in the illegal immigrant populance? before you start ranting that PPD has them too, we know. we are not happy about that either. the difference is, PPD found the overlooked cases themselves and brought them to our attention. PPD is trying to solve the crimes whereas MCSO ignored them and then tried to pass them off and bury them. we had to find these cases, MCSO did not bring them up. PPD has had termination and resignation over their mishandling of the cases, MCSO has not. PPD has gone through a few chiefs over this, Joe is still sitting unscathed. as the head of MCSO he needs to answer for the actions of his department. he is more than happy to take credit for his people nabbing illegals and criminals, why shouldnt he share the blame when they screw stuff up? somebody needs to be held responsible for this travesty. 

bobunf
bobunf

Lemons has something with his "bleed this county dry" comment.  The magnitude of the slow moving tsunami of lawsuits engulfing Maricopa Count is not widely understand.

 

There have been a few multi-million dollar awards and settlements and a very large number of smaller ones. The County can’t buy insurance except with a $5 million deductible per occurrence and no defense. Only about $100 million has been paid out to date in awards, settlements, court costs, expert witness, court reporter, legal and other fees.  But there are over 6,300 pending lawsuits against Maricopa County in Federal and State Courts. This is far more than New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles combined. And there are huge exposures for un-investigated sex cases (and many other types will come to light), mis-treatment in the jails, racial profiling and other results of incompetent law enforcement. 

 

The blood in the water is sensed by enterprising lawyers, and the total payouts will approach a Billion dollars. Followed by a wrenching reassessment of the institutions of the County after such a failure of the rule of law, and by economic consequences lasting for decades.

TKO-MCSO
TKO-MCSO

Great job Steve! My understanding is that Edgar was assigned the Diamondback's fraud case was so Whitney could make a good impression with MLB and land that security job after his retirement. Anything in the memo about this?

imkarat
imkarat

.@stephenlemons #AZ #GOP Career #Politician #Arpaio excuses #ChildRape #Incest #ChildAbuse. #Akin #Ryan #Flake do same w/ #HR3 -Redef #Rape.

gerry_c
gerry_c

A professional law enforcement organization does not let things like this fall through the cracks to the tune of 100's of times.  It is only by mis-prioritization or a similar failure of senior management that this can happen.  This article simply provides a modicum of confirmation that the obvious is the truth.  OSB has failed as Sheriff and continues to fail.  His mission is not to protect and serve the people of Maricopa County, but rather to have the people protect and serve him.

robert_graham
robert_graham

It's a sad shame that Penzone feels he must resort to lies in his bid for being elected. It is interesting that the mainstream media has not reported on this but they haven't because they know it's just a bunch of political garbage.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Lies, lies, lies.  Keep bringing them on.  This misinformation must have been told by Penzone.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @MaskedMagician1967 Now do you really believe there are 432 unsolved sex cases in El Mirage that has a population of about 23,000 people when Phoenix which has a population of almost a million people has not had half that many sex cases (prosecuted or not) in the last three years.  Please note that El Mirage is more than 90 percent Hispanic so obviously if those 432 cases even exist the suspects are obviously Hispanic.  So maybe then you should be happy they have never been prosecuted you moron!

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @bobunf You know who should be fired first - the County Risk Manager - Pauline Hecker.  It's obvious the blame should lie with her.  Hell, the Loss Management position is even vacant - she obviously does not give a shit about her job - can her ass!  She should have been in the face of the County Supervisors with the warnings over 10 years ago!!  Training programs to stop any racial profiling should have been in place - why are we having to have the federal government step in here and do Ms. Hecker's job?  

 

imkarat
imkarat

@imkarat .@stephenlemons #AZ is #Microcosm. #GOP #Politicians are #Ruthless & #Relentless in their quest for #Power. #Bad4USA #Rape #NoTrust

javierbaz
javierbaz

 @gerry_c Can't you see that this article is merely a false attack by Penzone's campaign for political gain.  It is not true.  This is dirty-politics taken to a whole new level.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan You must really be delusional.

 

The Flaccid Fraud ADMITTED at a PRESS CONFERENCE that he and the MCSO blatantly ignored 432 sex crimes against children.

 

The MCSO shurf needs to be booted out. Now. Before more damage is done.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan boi wonder, you do realize this isnt the only case right.  Goldwater brought another to light in 07.  Maybe if you took the time to know whats going on around you, you would know this.  Sorry, just because you dont want to accept the FACTS doesnt mean it isnt true. your hero is a complete failure, worthless, arrogant, and completely inept at doing his job.  He is OUT in November!! 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @JoeArpaioFanSo, you're suggesting that the email written by a deputy several years ago was created by Penzone for the 2012 campaign? This is only ONE document of many, including court testimony, where it's known the shurf ordered human resources (investigators) from their assigned duties to work on 'immigration sweeps'. This really has nothing to do with the Penzone campaign. It's all about MCSO and how poorly the agency has been managed for 19 1/2 years.

 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan sure JoeArpaioFan, these are all lies. LIES being confirmed and verified by Joe himself at press conferences. these are not stories put out by Penzone, rather it is actually MCSO that is putting this out there. the only political garbage being put out is the misinformed blind faith by you

 

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

Wow, truth does really hurt you. With all the facts coming to the surface looks like we wont be seeing or hearing much from your pussy mouth unibrow ass. Not much to say when it's this cut and dry, FACE THE FACTS ARPAIO IS A CROOKED ASSHOLE

bobunf
bobunf

 JoeArpaioFan is the last of the Sheriff's Internet Disinformation Squad.  (SIDS).  They used to hang around AZCentral posting dozens of thumbs up and down on every Sheriff Arpaio story.  But it got too obvious, the paper (with Sheriff Arpaio's son-in-law in the lead) put a stop to it--too embarrassing for the paper, and too stupidly obvious.

 

It may be that Sheridan decided it was really beyond the pale to have deputies spend their shifts on computers posting political stuff on opinion pages.  But there's still one or two SIDS deputies with their attention shifted to New Times and other papers, blogs, TV stations, etc, in the Valley.  The boss won't let the thing go entirely.  

 

It will be interesting to see how much taxpayer money was spent with deputies posting as Joe Arpaio fans.  It'll come out after November.   A deputy with benefits, computer facility and support, and all the other perks has to cost over $100,000 a year   It has to be in the millions considering the number of shifts and the number of years.

 

Talk about government waste; this one is a real dozy.   

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan lies? you know they very well could be, since Joe is confirming them,  and we all know Joe is the king of lies. so, they are lies (confirmed by Joe) please tell me what the advantage is of admitting you and your department bungled hundreds of sexual assaults? backlog the papers, check the archives of the T.V. news, Joe is right up there on camera admitting the oversight. WHY?  because it is irrefutable that his department did indeed ignore these cases. boy, that Penzone and Stauffer sure are tricky. imagine how sneaky you have to be to get Arpaio to admit to these things multiple times on many different media outlets

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @JoeArpaioFan Did you check the links, moron? Those are public records, including the police report and an MCSO memo. They didn't come from Penzone. They came from the MCSO. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan

 

Um, you do realize that police officers cannot show bias towards anyone, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnicity, etc.? (Civil Rights Act of 1964)

 

The Flaccid Failure and Candy Andy Thomas failed the oath of office they swore to when they were elected to law-enforcement positions. Instead they used their police powers to attack political targets and sitting judges.

 

I don't give a fuck about skin color. If a crime has been committed, and MCSO is required to provide police services, I fully expect that MCSO or the city's police force will act professionally and accordingly and see to it that dangerous criminals are apprehended. That is what I pay police for.

 

I'm not happy these cases have not been prosecuted. Because now the victims can sue the county for millions of taxpayer dollars that we don't have.  I would rather see justice done for these people than be sued for millions of taxpayer dollars.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan So according to your post since the suspects and victims are hispanic it excuses this?

 

So I guess in your mind if you are hispanic you are automatically a crook/thief/whatever and you deserve what you get

 

You are a bigoted fool who deserves no more than what you wish on others

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @javierbaz You must be Lisa Aubuchon.

 

I routinely blast your other clueless, dimwitted counterpart, Rachel Alexander, on articles like this. Apparently you, Rachel and Candy Andy Thomas are really delusional. 

 

Ignoring actual crime for political gain is a fucking travesty. If you were really serious about being tough on crime, you'd be nailing this sick fuck to the wall for raping his niece. Instead you charge Judge Donahoe with three felonies for ruling against you, filed a bullshit RICO lawsuit that Peter Spaw and Barnett Lotstein told you was bullshit, and charged your political adversaries with crimes past the statute of limitations.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 @javierbaz Does Arapio pat you on the head and throw you a biscuit when you post here? You are such a transparent sycophant and troll that your efforts are actually counterproductive. Thanks for your willingness to be a fool in cyber-public.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @javierbaz lol yeah, sure...thats why FACTS show it is true right...since you want to be a good arpaio apologist, why dont you and the rest of you joe minions pony up for all the lawsuits your epic failure of a hero causes due to his incompetence, negligence, and arrogance. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @javierbaz yes dirty politics taken to a new level......THE TRUTH, and a truth confirmed by the person its being used against!!!    ooooh  dirty pool that truth, it really hurts Arpaio when it boils down to using the truth

Bigtom
Bigtom

 @javierbaz  @gerry_c

What's wrong sport, does the truth hurt that much. Of course we all know arpaio would never resort to any sort of attacks for political gain. Do the Dan Saban attack ads ring a bell.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @bobunf  @JoeArpaioFan i had someone with knowledge tell me the same thing...ive already called him out on it, and frankly in his denial he gave himself away. Only a cop would use the term "not affiliated with law enforcement". He is more likely a DO though, trying to earn his way to deputy since he likely keeps failing either the written test (MCSO's test is quite easy compared to all other LEA's in town..which is why most of the failures go to MCSO..), or is incapable of completing the physical. Notice the times he posts too...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins  @JoeArpaioFan tommy, dont forget, evidently back in 2007 a forensic investigator who ran the DNA and said they needed a sample from the suspect (in 2007) was also in on it and helping to pave the way by starting this trail of lies that JoeArpaioFan believes is being used against Joe. they somehow knew Joe would bungle another 400 plus cases in 2007-2009 in el mirage and just did this to add fuel to the fire.   really? if Penzone is that goddam smart WE DEFINATLY NEED HIM AS SHERIFF

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins  @JoeArpaioFan tommy, you cant fix stupid. its right there in black and white that MCSO is the one admitting this, yet JoeArpaioFan refuses to read between the lines. he is one of many examples of why this country is making a quick slide down the toilet. people like him think they are informed but refuse to see what is in front of them. if you shake the faith of someone like that, their world collapses

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan by the way, as for the mainstream video not putting this out there? it was on every local outlet on television, and was covered in the papers also

 

Cozz
Cozz

So now you've resorted to posting and then reposting to yourself under a different name. Pretty sad.

 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @bobunf put in a public records request for salary of PR staff and see what you get. Probably very interesting info 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @javierbaz Penzones campaign staff is the MCSO? you better reread that article, its MCSO that is saying this, MCSO that is validating this and MCSO that is providing all the pertinent documentation on it. so if you are right, MCSO is backing Penzone. if thats the case then Joe really must go

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @david_saint01

 

David, you sound a bit like MontyPug with that comment "prove it or shut it."

 

Speaking of MontyPug, being the Old Fool's lapdog and all, he's been awfully quiet on this issue. Why isn't he speaking out about this?

 

I tell you, come November I'm not voting for MontyPug either....

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