Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock on Wife's Teenage Victim: "There's Something Different About That Boy"
|Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock compared his wife's teenage victim to the Oscar Wilde character Dorian Gray, a hedonistic, immoral pleasure-seeker.|
Brock's callous opinion of the victim can be found in the 100-plus pages of documents detailing the sexual relationship between Fulton Brock's wife, Susan, and the boy. Publicly, Brock has made sympathetic statements about the boy and his family since his wife's arrest.
According to transcripts of phone conversations between the Brocks while Susan was in a Maricopa County Jail -- provided to New Times by the Chandler Police Department -- the county supervisor devised a plan to try to sway the victim's parents into talking to prosecutors about reducing some of the charges against Susan.
"Well, I told you what I was gonna say. Exactly," Fulton Brock told his wife about a meeting he'd hoped to arrange between himself, Mormon Church officials, and the parents of the victim. "And I would deliver it in a way that had as much spiritual healing as I possibly could, and that it that, you know I know that everybody's hurting, everybody's been affected by the events that have occurred. But I'm asking [the victim's father] to be touched by the atonement and tender mercies of the Lord as [the victim's father] and plead with the prosecutors to mitigate the charges that he brings against you, because once the judge gets the charges,
he doesn't have but very little lead way that he can reduce. So it depends on the prosecutors. And if [the victim's father], the parent of the family, can represent that he has forgiven -- he's been touched -- he wants to owe up to a love (inaudible) then the prosecutor could be
constantly motivated to not bring the full..."
Susan Brock interrupts her county supervisor husband and asks "well, does anybody care if the kid forgave?"
Fulton Brock's response to his wife's concern for the victim: "Well, the kid's a kid," he told her.
Brock's disdain for the victim is even more evident in his description of the boy to Chandler detectives handling the case.
When initially asked his opinion of the boy on the day of his wife's arrest, Fulton Brock told the detective "there's something different about that boy," and that he had a "distant personality."
"[He] doesn't say thank you, he doesn't say please or he doesn't show appreciation for being rewarded," Brock told the detective.
The county supervisor then compared the boy to Dorian Gray, from the Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
He repeats the comparison in a phone conversation with his wife.
The two are discussing transferring money from a joint checking account the two shared into one controlled by Fulton, and a diamond ring Susan Brock had given the boy as a gift.
"Ok, well, I uh..I have um, I have inspiration that...I think that little Dorian Gray has a bunch of cash still in that ring," Fulton Brock told his wife. "And [Chandler LDS stake President Mitch Jones] doesn't wanna cough it up. He thinks it's just gonna stir up...I said, 'President Jones, I'm making payments on those things! That's, that's...stolen money!'"
Fulton Brock's minor outburst over a "stolen" ring appears to be one of things that should have been discussed during unrecorded "courtesy" visits facilitated by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (which you can read about here) because Susan Brock was not pleased.
"OK, can we talk about this in person? Because this is really bad that you just said that," Susan Brock told her husband. "Just, just stop. It's OK. We can talk about it this weekend, OK? Would you please listen to President Jones?"
Multiple attempts by New Times to reach the county supervisor and his spokesman for comment were not successful.