El Mirage Rape Suspect, Ignored by Sheriff Arpaio's Office in 2006, was Convicted of Different Sex Crime in 2009

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his top supervisors declared last week that agency's failure to properly investigate hundreds of sex-crime cases didn't jeopardize public safety.

The father of one teenage girl in El Mirage says that's a bunch of crap.

In 2008, the girl was just 14 when she had sex several times with, Armando De La Rosa, then 20. He was originally charged with multiple felonies for sexual conduct with a minor, but was later allowed to take a plea deal for misdemeanor attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

But the crime might never have happened at all if it wasn't for the incompetent police work conducted on the watch of Sheriff Arpaio, suggests a recent article by Ryan Gabrielson, a writer for the Center for Investigative Reporting in California.

When De La Rosa was 18, he was the prime suspect in a 2006 rape of a 17-year-old girl. Records show that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office totally dropped the ball, doing virtually no investigation despite having the suspect's name.


Gabrielson was the lead reporter for the East Valley Tribune's Pulitzer-prize-winning series in 2008 that explained how Arpaio put his effort and resources into busting illegal immigrants at the expense of less headline-grabbing law enforcement duties. He broke the story of bungled sex-crimes investigations in that series, though Arpaio's been taking heat from the scandal in the last couple of weeks due to a recent, succinct rehash of the problems by the Associated Press.

After hearing about the renewed flap last week, Gabrielson dug into his old files from the Tribune series and found the 2006 De La Rosa case. Plugging the suspect's name into the Maricopa County Superior Court's Web site, he discovered the man's conviction for the 2008 case.

The gist of Gabrielson's article (click here to read it) is that De La Rosa might have faced stiffer punishment -- might even be in prison -- had he been tried and convicted for the 2006 rape. As Gabrielson reports, De La Rosa was able to receive his plea deal "in part because he had no prior felonies on his record."

Gabrielson writes of the denials he got from the sheriff's office when he contacted them about his findings:


In a written statement, Arpaio's office said it was not aware that De La Rosa was the suspect in the El Mirage investigation or that he had been convicted in a later case. "I cannot make a connection between the cases you brought to my attention," Lt. Justin Griffin, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, wrote.

But the police case file, obtained from the El Mirage Police Department in 2008, clearly includes the suspect's full name and date of birth.


With hundreds of sex crimes apparently bungled, and with Gabrielson able to find an example so quickly of how one of the poorly investigated cases potentially led to future problems in the community, it seems likely that numerous other such examples are waiting to found.



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Aequirion
Aequirion

This is all a bunch of bull shit! He never raped that girl she is a damn liar! And she lied to him about her age. This shit happens all the time and I've known Armando for years he would never rape anyone.

Aerf
Aerf

Need this headline-Sheriff allows rapists to go free near Sun City.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Seems like the MCSO could have checked this out easier than a reporter could have.  Sheridan the liar said that they had done a good cross check to make sure no one else was harmed.

5 dancing Israelis
5 dancing Israelis

"Hundreds of Sex crimes" and the only one mentioned in this article is a statutory rape? Since when is a plea deal part of the Sheriff's investigation, anyway?.This El Mirage thing is the dirty Democrat machine at work.... Civil war is coming.

Planetboxer
Planetboxer

@Bnbk: You are a real dumb fuck. Yes, I'm certain there are laws in place that keep pepper belies from getting welfare. However shit for brains, those pepper belly bitches come over here dropping their illegitimates on American soil who automatically get citizenship. Then they start humping like wabbits and popping out even more illegitimates and everyone of those disgusting mongrels are eligible for medicaid, food stamps and if they are retarded, then they SSDI too. Do you homework you dumb shit before you open your cock washer.

Ross
Ross

Feathered-Brain Quail still hasn't called for Fast and Furious Arpaio to resign?

Native Guns
Native Guns

Also, let's not forget that infamous sex crime suspect, who unfortunately freed himself from an impending lengthy incarceration when he escaped from the Judicial Courts under the FF's watchful saggin eye:

Adian Cruz...............where art thou?

Walterclarice
Walterclarice

I currently live in Sun City. Contrary to what many people think , we are not all supporters of Joe Arpaio. I admit I once was one of his biggest fans, but I have come to the realization that the sheriff is not an honest man. I do believe that whomever is chosen to take his place has got to vow to uphold the law as far as illegal immigration goes. We can not allow illegal immigrants to invade our country as they have been for far to long.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

a democrat machine in AZ? you have got to be shitting me.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Give it up,everyone knows you're a miserable little troll & a stupid one at that. Posting the same comment under different screen names. Seek help,before it's too late.

Bnbk
Bnbk

You really need to seek help for this severe multiple personality disorder that afflicts you. Nothing sadder than a lonely,miserable little troll who can't figure out who it is. Now,go run along & seek help.

Pelon Sobas
Pelon Sobas

That's what your ancestors did when they got here from Europe.  The American continent belowns to the indians, American Indians, Aztecs, Mayan, Incas, etc.  Don't steal someones land and expect a free ride.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

What an elaborate post, both in content and language proficiency! I'm going to copy it for study at a later time.

BT
BT

Here is another one from the archives.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com...

 Indignation, and some amount of beer, compelled Robert Carter's first telephone call. Carter had just seen Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on television, he said.

The sheriff was bragging about the county's work-furlough program for jail inmates, and defending his department's recent inability to keep prisoners from escaping.

Carter had reason to quibble with the sheriff's remarks. A 36-year-old career scam artist of the nonviolent type, Carter knew that the work-furlough program was a joke, he said, because he had been in it. In fact, he had escaped from it earlier this year, and has yet to be caught.

As an escaped felon at large, he evinced little respect for the sheriff and Arpaio's men.

"These guys are so ignorant that I could arrange to sell hot dogs in front of the county jail and they wouldn't catch me," Carter boasted.

A curious, and irresistible, proposition.Carter, we came to learn in subsequent conversations, not only could sell hot dogs in front of Madison Street Jail, he already had. Several weeks before he called New Times, he had manned a pushcart across the street from the downtown jail, one of the temporary jobs he's held since his escape.

Driven by, among other things, our obvious obligation to record rare and unusual events for the sake of history, we decided to re-create Carter's grandstand play.

A Mister Hot Dog stand operates on the sidewalk, smack in front of Madison Street Jail, which is directly behind the county courthouse. Between the two buildings, the street is constantly awash in jailers, police, attorneys and others with business at the jail or the courthouse.

Arranging temporary use of the cart was fairly simple, and Carter was willing to meet us there to pose.

One question remained. Who should be buying a hot dog from Carter?Carter suggested it first. Would it not be ironic, he pointed out, for an escaped felon to sell a hot dog to the state's highest law enforcement official, Attorney General Grant Woods?

Rebel Diaz 85207
Rebel Diaz 85207

Yeah I remember that name. He was the Sex Crime Spic who calmly walked out the court in a Judge's jacket or robe. It was also caught on surveillance footage showing him walking out like nothing matters.

maybe368
maybe368

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Was it under joe's watch when those guys used dental floss to rappel down form the 3rd or 4th floor? One of them was a big drug lord, IIRC...To google I go

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

BTW why would the vow to do the job of the Federal government instead of what their job is. That's how those innocent children were allowed to be raped and get no justice.

Since illegal immigration is like everything else in economics there really is a simple solution. Supply and Demand suggest we either stop the supply , which we have tried to do and failed miserably.. or we can stop the Demand.. IE Companies that hire illegals get fined. First offense? Half their profit for the year . Next offense.. ALL profit for the year is fined and goes to the government. If they do it again after that? Their business license is revoked.That is how you end illegal immigration.If they can get no jobs they won't come here.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Walter, you may recall that in 2005 the MCSO shurf, himself, said, "It's not the job of county sheriffs to enforce immigration laws".

Then, in 2007 when he discovered there was federal money involved, and lots of votes by scaring lots of folks in Maricopa County, he decided MCSO was the ONLY agency in the whole damn world taking care of illegal immigration in the United States.

Now, he is hoping to get an audience with the President to tell him how to run the country. That, of course, is NOT going to happen. The President doesn't need advice from a geriatric county sheriff who "can't recall" what happened last week.

But, I do appreciate that you are living in Sun City and actually recognize the old guy as the crook behind the plastic pistol tie tack.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Well Walter,If you still believe that the number one priority of the sheriffs department is to enforce illegal immigration laws,then you Walter are part of the problem. Illegal immigration has gone down,not just in AZ,but all across the U.S. according to DHS  statistics So you don't support Piehole? Yet you support his policy of being a media whore & staging these little raids of his that do nothing to solve the illegal immigration problem ? BTW,immigration falls under federal jurisdiction. Antiquated views such as yours are the reason this state fails to move foward with the rest of the country. If you don't support Piehole as you say then simply don't vote for him,the solution is simple. I see that you didn;t come out & condemm his failure to investigate all the sex crimes against all the innocent children in El Mirage. Why? Could it be that like Piehole,you figure since they were possibly children of illegal immigrants,they don't matter ?

American_pride
American_pride

You are obviously a fucking idiot as well. There was never any Mayans or Incas in America. They were all in Central and Southern mayheeco. Again, you're a fucking idiot, and I'm sure you can't help it. Also, the land wasn't stolen, it was fought for from the British you ignorant fuck. We also kicked the shit out of some beaners and took what belonged to us in the south. All you stupid mother fuckers who think you know history can't even pronounce or spell the word. Get some fucking mouthwash for that cock washer of yours, it beginning to smell like sewer sludge. My ancestors didn't come from Europe, they were invited from Ireland and they registered themselves at Ellis Island, learned English on their own and made their own way without welfare and without breaking any laws. I can guarantee you can't say that about your history-oops, there's that word that you don't understand again. Allow me to get ghetto for you so you can understand. Yous can't say that about you kinfolk. Yous people was nasty, dirty, filthy criminal motherfuckers who came over hiding in somebody's car trunk, engine compartment, or a hollow built into the bed of a pick up, or you swam across the river or jumped a fence.

American_pride
American_pride

Well, despite a few spelling and grammar errors, I think it came out pretty well.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yeah good idea, way to hurl racist insults at someone. It's clear that you are a racist. Any other groups of people you hate?

personally I hate rapists, but they aren't one single race so therefore I am not a racist, like you.

BT
BT

"On March 12, 1994, defendant and three other inmates escaped from the Madison Street Jail by sawing through a metal window frame to gain access to the roof of the jail, and then rappeling down five stories, leaving mountaineering equipment hanging from the side of the building. To date, defendant has not been recaptured."

AP story herehttp://news.google.com/newspap...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

hmm on Mythbusters they talked about a myth that someone used dental floss to escape but I dont know where it happened.

Jason
Jason

Adrian Cruz is a dangerous criminal who walked out of MCSO custody awhile back. He allegedly raped and impregnated a 9 year old girl, as disgusting as that sounds.

And the MCSO's goons allowed this predator to walk out of custody. 

maybe368
maybe368

I cannot seem to find anything about that escape, so it obviously predates the internet, but, so does joe. If anyone remembers, it happened at the 4th ave jail and involved 3 escapees. IIRC, they caught 2 of them, but the big guy, who apparently planned the whole thing, was never caught...Or I was hallucinating... 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Amen to that one! THAT would do it!

American_pride
American_pride

You are a real dumb fuck. Yes, I'm certain there are laws in place that keep pepper belies from getting welfare. However shit for brains, those pepper belly bitches come over here dropping their illegitimates on American soil who automatically get citizenship. Then they start humping like wabbits and popping out even more illegitimates and everyone of those disgusting mongrels are eligible for medicaid, food stamps and if they are retarded, then they SSDI too. Do you homework you dumb shit before you open your cock washer.

Rebel Diaz 85207
Rebel Diaz 85207

In case point. That doesn't mean we want "open borders" or lax borders and enforcement. In fact, sadly for you, most Americans are against and concerned with illegal immigration. It's a National Security issue as well as a problematic issue for resources meant for low income and poor American families. But that doesn't end there. Illegal immigration is a huge problem on many fronts.

And btw, I don't support the "Flaccid Fool" either. Just concerned with illegal immigration as with the vast majority of Americans.

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

perfect. someone that is a perfect example of who we need on our side in the next sherrif election steps forth to voice his disdain for Arpaio, and you attack him for not agreeing with your entire agenda??? Bnbk, you are a prime example of what is wrong with our country today. Drop the ascerbic diatribe for a few minutes, and you may actually appreciate that the tide is turning. You perpetuate the right/left paradigm that has hijacked our political system. perhaps we should try finding things that we all agree on, such as....hmmm, i don't know...hey, maybe we could all vote arpaio out of office next year. sheesh, grow up.

Bnbk
Bnbk

I see you've switched back to one of your various screen names, tsk,tsk,tsk. You really should seek help.This pretending to be different people can not at all be healthy for you.Do every one a favor & get yourself some help,before we end up reading about some Loughner like crime being committed by you. I say this in all seriousness.

maybe368
maybe368

Thank you, I just read your response. I thought that it was under Joe's watch. One of the three was a Mexican drug lord who was probably responsible for the break.Notice that this was just shortly after he took office and he was already fighting with the BOS...

malasangre
malasangre

mop string and lava soap the pumice cuts well. it's the roller bar that screws you in a cell.  a window frame? sweet

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I was in the 4th Ave jail in August of 05. I forgot to pay a speeding ticket opps.

Anyways I don't know because they did a few myths on that episode. (for breaking out of jail, I love Mythbusters lolz)

maybe368
maybe368

I think that it happened at the old 1st ave. jail and it may have been sheets. The 4th ave jail was opened in 2005 and the 1st ave jail was closed in 1999. I think that it happened at the 1st ave jail. It could very well have happened under Joe's watch. There is very little info that I can find for prior to 2000. I am hoping that another old timer will remember...

maybe368
maybe368

Not that one, another as described above, I just don't recall if it happened on joe's watch or not...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

DPSnAZ, not many people like that idea, but to be honest it would solve the problem much more quickly.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Shoo Shoo,run along you miserable littie troll,go find a bridge that you can go hide under.

malasangre
malasangre

most of those identities are sold by "real" Americans for drugs etc.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes. If they can't figure it out, they can re-read it as many times as it takes to figure it out lol

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

since Home Depot is a fascist company, they will never have fair labor relations, as they want to screw the workers out of as much money as possible while making the most amount as possible.

American_pride
American_pride

Not only that, but Reid, Pelosi, Holder, and Nappy wouldn't have anyone to mow their lawns, change the grandkids' diapers, finish building the pool, finish laying bricks for the new house, and promoting fair labor relations at the home depot.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Never mind the troll,it is severely lacking reading skills.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Struck a nerve.I think not you desperate little troll. I just choose not to  converse with some one that has lower reading comprehension skills that my grade school son......conversation over .

Rebel Diaz 85207
Rebel Diaz 85207

What on Mother Earth are you talking about? Are you sure you're not meth?

Rebel Diaz 85207
Rebel Diaz 85207

I struck a nerve, didn't I? I guess you are butt hurt that you go on to attack my "reading comprehension". Good for you.

Bnbk
Bnbk

I believe you should address your reading comprehension problem.

Rebel Diaz 85207
Rebel Diaz 85207

And just because someone wants border security, doesn't make them a supporter of S.B.1070 either, or is a "racist" because we want our southwest borders secured. Sure it's a National Security issue on every border. But the Mexico/U.S. border is the main concentration of that very problem. And the number of illegal crossings combined with drug, human and gun trafficking is higher in the southwest sector than any other port of entry. And no it's not a "myth" that illegals steal identites to gain employment and seek resources. It's a fact that you are not willing to admit.

So if you're all that concerned with "Piehole's" policies. Then you should be out there doing whatever it takes to address your "concern" with "Piehole".  Rather than admonishing those who are against the threats of illegal immigration.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

BTW you realize that just because we DON'T like Sheriff Joke's policies doesn't mean we favor any old guy walking across the border. At the same time it doesn't mean I dont think there are other ways of addressing the problem either. An example would be instead of rounding up "illegals" why not round up the rich jerkoff republicans that are hiring them instead. Oh wait... that interferes with the profits.. WE CAN'T DO THAT!

Bnbk
Bnbk

That doesn't mean I want open borders either. Just because some one is against Piehole's illegal immigration policies doesn't mean one is a open borders advocate. This doesn't change the fact that immigration issues are a federal issue. I agree it is a national security issue,but it's a national security issue on ALL borders,not just the southern border of our country. As for the resources meant for low income American families,thats another myth from the right-wing . At least in Arizona,there are already laws in place that prevent illegal immigrants from collecting public benifits such as welfare ect. If you're that concerned with illegal immigration as most Americans are,as you say,then working for comprehensive immigration reform would be a better solution,rather than Piehole's policy of saturating latino areas of town & racial profiling our latino citizens. BTW the original topic of this thread was Piehole's failure to investigate the crimes against the innocent children in El Mirage.

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

1) didn't use spellcheck, got me. btw, didn;t is spelled with an apostrophe not a semi colon. you really got me on acerbic though. 2) couple years ago, county employees, judges, even the publishers of the fucking new times were being arrested or threatened with arrest, grand juries, etc., etc.. Let's see, since then... a)Andrew Thomas and Aubochon are gone. check. b) Henderschott and the top brass at MCSO are gone. check. c) total ineptitude at the MCSO is being brough to the forefront, not just by the new times, not just local news stations (that's an accomplishment), but even picked up nationally...did you just move here? just get out of prison? crawl out from underneath a rock? Having grown up in Arizona, hating dime bag Arpaio since he took office, having protested against him, thinking it would never change until he keeled over one day...I'm thrilled to see that the tide is turning. 3) "this "paradigm" was established long before I was born & will most likely outlive me & if you think that me expressing my opinion is going to change this, than you are the one that needs to grow up "... that's the best you got? it's not even a logical progression. how would I think that you expressing your opinion would change, umm, huh? I'm suggesting that you expressing your opinion is perpetuating it (i.e. reinforcing, solidifying, umm, antonyms to "changing")..."then you are the one that needs to grow up".so let's recap. me bringing attention to the fact that your childish, closed minded ranting prevents people from having rational dialogue, eliminating the possibility that we could possibly find some common ground and improve our local political environment means i need to grow up? gotcha. hmph, guess you got me again.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sorry but, in their own statements they condemned themselves to being part of the problem. Sheriff Joke's job, nor any other sheriff is NOT to harass illegals, it's to up hold the laws. The Constitution makes it quite clear which agencies up hold which laws. IMMIGRATION law is handled by the Federal Government. Rapes of children are investigated by the local sheiff's office. BTW their legal status DOESN'T Fucking matter they are still innocent children. (The Constitution is quite clear on this as well, any crimes against ANY person (doesnt matter if they are here legally or not, or a citizen or not) are to be investigated. It's really quite simple.

Bnbk
Bnbk

"Some one that is a perfect example of who we need on our side"? Now which side might that be ? Oh yea,the middle of the road,some one who wants it both ways.Thats exactly what we need some one who is none commital. I didn't hear Walter come out & say that he was not going to support Piehole,all he said was that he has come to the realization that Piehole was not an honest man. What you call "ascerbic diatribe"( it's actually spelled acerbic) I call stating my opinion & asking for clarification from Walter(not you btw) on his stance on this issue.Did you notice the question marks? The tide is turning ? Why because you say it is? Just because this issue is starting to get media attention,I it's just a bit premature to say that "the tide is turning".....As far as your assertion that I am perpetuating the right/left paradigm, this "paradigm" was established long before I was born & will most likely outlive me & if you think that me expressing my opinion is going to change this, than you are the one that needs to grow up..............So in closing let me just say.....Fuck off !

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