Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and County Supervisor Pete Rios Exchange Political Barbs; Supervisor Renews Call for Sheriff to Resign

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Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios has been calling for embattled Sheriff Paul Babeu to step down from his post as the county's top cop.

In the past few weeks, several individuals have lodged allegations against Babeu that he abused his power, was complicit in the abusive conditions at the DeSisto School in Massachusetts, which he ran for three years, and was romantically involved with a 17-year-old boy who attended that private boarding school for troubled teens.

Jose Orozco, a Mexican national and Babeu's ex-boyfriend, also has filed a $1 million claim against Pinal County and its sheriff, over allegations that Babeu abused his power and violated Ozoco's civil rights.

Babeu also has been scrutinized for wasting taxpayer dollars on frivolous items, such as centennial badges and a trip to St. Lois for more than two dozen personnel from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to witness him receiving an award and for using the county website to promote his Congressional campaign.

"It is time Sheriff Babeu open up his eyes and see the damage he has done to the office and the dedicated staff he has under his command," Rios said in a letter to the editor he wrote earlier this week. "It's time for the Sheriff to consider the best option and that is to resign immediately so the people of Pinal County can have a law enforcement leader that cares about enforcing the law, not constant campaigning and more recently, doing personal damage control."

Babeu launched a counterattack against Supervisor Rios, claiming that the chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors "spreads misinformation."

The sheriff, attempting to discredit Rios, says Rios has "a past history which shows hostility toward law enforcement." To bolster his claims, Babeu cites a 1996 incident when he alleges that Rios got drunk, slapped his wife, and called her a "whore" in front of deputies of the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

"Not only was Mr. Rios not arrested for the incident, he attempted to use his position as a state senator to get out of the charges; he then made a complaint on the deputies who were only doing their job," Babeu wrote in response to Rios.

The sparing didn't end there.

After Babeu accused Rios of this and other improprieties, Rios fired off another written response -- the latest one calling Babue's claims "libelous" and hinting that he might file a lawsuit against sheriff.

"Babeu always tries to discredit and destroy his critics," Rios wrote on March 7. "I have succinctly presented a factual case as to why I believe Sheriff Paul Babeu should no longer hold his current position. In turn, he sics his attack dogs after me with untrue claims about details of a traffic stop in 1996."

Below is a full text of the letters written by Rios and Babeu.

Letter to the Editor written by Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios:

Babeu It's Time to Resign

It's time we take a step back and look at the overall picture of what has transpired over the past three years Sheriff Babeu has been running the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

This is a person who came into office talking about "cleaning up" the office and making it "transparent." All evidence points to the contrary.

In three years we have seen the office used for everything at the expense of law enforcement. Some law enforcement personnel of our county have been used as a de-facto public relations machine for the Sheriff's self promotion. It's time this comes to an end.

How many more deputies will be placed on indefinite paid administrative leave for minor or no infractions? How many more lawsuits will the county be subject to due to his lack of oversight on the jail? How many more rape kits will fail to be processed on a timely basis?

Other law enforcement agencies across the state use RICO funds to prevent crime. What has RICO paid for in Pinal County? Brand new centennial badges that will be worn for a limited time. Military coins, trips, thousands in Arizona Diamondback tickets and coffee mugs. These are hardly preventative measures for criminal activity - but great PR materials for the sheriff.

In one of the worst economic downturns in our nation since the 1930's, the office under Sheriff Babeu's leadership had the temerity to take 25 of his personnel on a week-long, $53,000 junket to St. Louis to witness the boss receiving an award. At the same time, he comes to the Board claiming he needs more and more money to fight crime. For the second fiscal year in a row he is on course to overspend his budget. This disconnect is troubling.

His latest scandal is another "brick in the wall" when it comes to questionable judgments by this Sheriff. It is time Sheriff Babeu open up his eyes and see the damage he has done to the office and the dedicated staff he has under his command. It's time for the Sheriff to consider the best option and that is to resign immediately so the people of Pinal County can have a law enforcement leader that cares about enforcing the law, not constant campaigning and more recently, doing personal damage control.

Pete Rios, Chair
Pinal County Board of Supervisors

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's Response to Rios:

Rios: It's Time to be Honest

During the past three years, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office has seen reforms which have resulted in improved law enforcement service to Pinal families.

Unfortunately, Chairman Pete Rios continues to spread misinformation.

Mr. Rios has a past history which shows his hostility towards law enforcement, including on December 29th, 1996 when he was intoxicated, called his wife a "whore" and slapped her in the face in front of deputies of the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Not only was Mr. Rios. arrested for the incident, he attempted to use his position as a state senator to get out of the charges; he then made a complaint on the deputies who were only doing their job.

This complaint was much like the complaint he made against the Hayden police officer and Chief of Police last year after he was stopped for speeding and failed to obey the orders of a police officer.

Both complaints made by Rios were full of false allegations and both were later unfounded.

More recently, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding criminal allegations committed by Mr. Rios including fraud and failing to live in the district he represents.

The case was conflicted to the Attorney General's Office and now is being investigated by the FBI.

Now to clarify some of the latest misinformation stated by Mr. Rios:

1. Several Pinal County Sheriff's Office employees have been fired and later appealed their firings through the Merit Commission. Mr. Rios appointed the head of the Democratic Party to lead the Merit Commission. The merit commission has overturned firings which would be upheld by any other law enforcement agency or merit commission in the state. Every time we have asked to have Mr. Joe Robson removed from the board, it's been turned down. The board has in fact said, we can't fire somebody just because they lied while in the performance of their duties as sworn law enforcement officers. We are forced to appeal every decision and, as a result, a Superior County Judge has upheld firings and said that the Merit Board has overstepped its bounds.

2. The County Budget office initially reported our office was projected to exceed our operating budget by 3.2 million dollars. After further research, they discovered a main reason was because of an MOU (wage contract) the Board of Supervisors signed with an employee organization after our budget was set and they failed to fund the cost increases. Fuel costs have also dramatically increased and there was no budgeted increase. Despite this, our Sheriff's budget will be balanced.

3. The National Sheriff's Association holds an annual conference every year which provides training specific to our member's positions. This year we sent 25 members to the conference. While Mr. Rios has attempted to make it all about me receiving the National Sheriff of the Year award, he fails to mention how our Adult Detention Center was recognized as the first ever to receive their National Accreditation with a 100% score, our Tactical Team Commander was a guest presenter, our Honor Guard was asked to present the National Colors, our office was recognized for cutting emergency response times in half and our members received the mandatory training hours needed in order to maintain their law enforcement certifications. The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission agreed this was well spent money as it only cost $2,000 per person for an entire week worth of training.

4. As proof of transparency, recently allegations were made against me that are completely false and baseless. While I have both explained publicly and show documents which prove the truth in an effort to maintain transparency, I have asked for the Attorney General's Office to investigate the allegations. I have full confidence that the investigation will clear [my] name.

Rios' Response to Babeu:

Babeu Always Tries to Discredit and Destroy His Critics

Where does decency begin, and where does it end?

I have been in politics a very long time. Long enough to have had quite a few pot shots taken at me - for everything from an unfounded claim about residency to any position I have taken in my time at the State Legislature.

But never have I been accused of striking a family member or calling them a vicious name in front of law enforcement officers.

That is until now.

I have succinctly presented a factual case as to why I believe Sheriff Paul Babeu should no longer hold his current position. In turn, he sics his attack dogs after me with untrue claims about details of a traffic stop in 1996.

Sheriff, your facts are wrong and most importantly - libelous! There are transcripts from the traffic stop your attack dogs referenced. And again, your version of the event is nowhere to be found.

Sheriff, you received a notice of claim two days ago for a million dollars for your actions involving Jose Orozco. Should you be looking at another lawsuit due to your libelous comments?

Pete Rios, Chairman
Pinal County Board of Supervisors



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49 comments
rockdog48
rockdog48

Rios is your typical slimy politician.  For one thing, he lives in Apache Jtn.and not in Dudleyville as he claims.  Just ask his alleged neighbors in either location . He lies and deceives in his job as a county spvsr. and is total scum.

anewday
anewday

So Babeu begins by attacking. Typical, from what I have seen. And even if Rio does have an issue with law enforcement, so what? Does that make his claims less valid? Considering the office he has issue with right now, who wouldn't? And Babeu has the gull to mention others  lying while in  office, while doing that exact thing in cases like missing hiker, Chris Hensley, where his office has still failed to be completely honest. Unbelievable. By his own standards for others, please step down. The community who knows the truth is asking. The emergency response was definitely lacking in the case of Chris Hensley. Not only was a home visit to investigate clues completely absent, refusal to listen to family members specific information led the PCSO on an endless "so called" search, wasting- how much of our money and valuable time? ...So how much money was spent on more training? Do those who credit this office, know about the cases that the sheriffs office botch up and waste valuable time and money on? One man  can actually make the decision on how our money is spent without approval from those who put it there or some kind of board of approval? Babeu, we are tired of your personal attacks whenever anyone brings up issue with your office. Show some true leadership, we are still waiting.

celiacj
celiacj

Mr Rios does live in AJ and only visits Dudliville residence on holidays and occasion his outburts staing you dont exist  has been very abusive to his wife and sister in law  the latest incident on mothers day screaming how intellengent he is and not ignorant like you and how educated he is. He has extreme anger outbursts Ive wittnessed for years his continued  rants and disregard for others affect his children, grandchildren, and sister inlaw ...he needs to be accountable   his lies, intimidation  and abuse must seize...face your day in court...

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Why am I not surprised that the Bald Bunion would play politics to keep his job?

Chairman Rios is right. Babeu does need to go. Directly to jail.

Hey!! There's a thought! Maybe Babeu and the MCSO shurf could be cellmates. Black and Fox would be in the cell next to them, Henderbulk and Thomas would have their own private cell on the opposite side of Babeu and the Old Fool, and Aubuchon would share a cell with Alexander.

  

Rfrsgr
Rfrsgr

 Is he still "Str8 Acting" as he stated on his adam4adam profile? What else is he "acting" out?

1oftheBOIS
1oftheBOIS

lets look at a few characteristics of a SOCIOPATH (according to 
http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.ht... ) and compare the lovely Sheriff to them, shall we?
1. Glibness and superficial charm. CHECK (victim to that personally)
2. Manipulative and Conning. CHECK (victim to that as well)
3. Grandiose sense of Self. CHECK
4. Pathological lying. CHECK (yup, victim)
5. Incapacity for love. CHECK. (it's very true, and very sad actually)
6. Promiscuous sexual behavior/infidelity (promiscuity, childhood sexual abuse, and sexual acting out of all sorts) CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK annnnddddd CHECK! (yes, he's a freak in the sack in case ya'll were wondering)
The list goes on and on. I once knew him personally. He's a f%*^$ng sociopath. You really want this man in congress? Open your eyes, people!!!!

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Babeu's response sounds like a defense Perez Hilton would use.

Leavenow
Leavenow

Babeu is like a reptile...no shame or remorse. It's all about him. Fucking psychopath.

PeppyMageeOLarson
PeppyMageeOLarson

I have an idea. Why don't Pete Rios and Sheriff Babeu BOTH resign!

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

Time to sign that resignation letter and leave for somewhere far away.  We have no respect for what you have done.  You are a disgrace, a phoney and nothing more than an actor who used lies to gain the voters trust.   Don't go away mad just go away!

Is there a way to get a recall on this guy so if he doesn't have any humility at all we can oust him out of Arizona politics for good?

Headcoach
Headcoach

Will the slumber party doctor ever surface in public again? He still needs to answer questions about the depth of his friendship with the Obama hating sheriff. The doctor has very poor judgement in who his friends are and might not make such great choices if we sent him to Washington.

Norm
Norm

It seems we have a political tiff going on. The only question is who will out bitch the other. I think the sheriff is the biggest bitch of all. 

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

where does Arizona  find these STALL SCRAPINGS  .......then elect them into such  vital positions ???????  DON`T THE GOOD PEOPLE OF ARIZONA HAVE ANY MORE COMMON SENSE THAN THAT .....?????? Arpaio LIED FROM THE START OF HIS FIRST TERM....(I will only serve one term ).....and the open corruption  mis use of money   his using office for political  retribution........  and gets elected over and over.........HE IS NOT WYATT EARP AND THIS IS NO LONGER THE WILD WEST..........JUST ANOTHER HUEY LONG OF LOUISIANA .......    soon all you rabid Arpaio followers will finally  go silent .........THERE WILL  FINALLY BE A REAL SHERIFF IN TOWN ............try putting your support behind AN HONEST LAWMAN .........

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

Baboo's only defense is "Misinformation"? The HEADmaster and RUMPranger needs to ride into the sunset never to be seen or heard from again.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

Sheriff Babeu just needs to resign.  But he won't.  He would rather go down in flames. (no pun intended).

DNichols
DNichols

"Just another Brick in the Wall", is a good musical reference to Arizona's Flying Circus, however Babeu probably would prefer "Teenage Wastelands"?

Or maybe "Teenage Waistbands"?

Pinal County just needs to start a wayward Boys School  to transfer Babeu's Vast Talents?

To: Arizona, and yes it can always get Wierder!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Having a sexual pervert as your sheriff is a good thing.   It promotes family values and good morality in your community.     Didn't you know that?     Also, everyone on the city council should be gay because that shows how open minded people in the community can be and that's the proper way to raise kids.    Don't promote family values, promote gay values instead.     What?   That's not politically correct?    Oh, that's right.   You can be gay and still promote family values because that's what intelligent people do.    They differentiate between the two and teach their kids the same way.    Yep, that's how it works.   I think they call it "toleranace".     Funny when you have to tolerate such a thing if it's supposedly so correct.

ET AL
ET AL

 This is a He said He She said situation

Bennie
Bennie

Notice that Rios' original letter was addressed strictly to Babeu's malfeasance in office, and made no reference to the predatory squalor of his personal life.  It's just one more sign of his complete lack of respect for public service that Babeu answered by heading directly to the gutter, with bald slanders involving Rios' wife and an invented episode from 15 years ago, when he was still back in Massachusetts, a washed-out small-time political hack whiling away his days inflicting his special brand of "discipline" on underage boys.

This is the way he behaves with political leaders and leading journalists, but he expects us to believe he wouldn't be the same lowlife thug in his dealings with a powerless immigrant?  This freak needs to go.  We want him out, now.

gregg r
gregg r

he a disgusting pervert who has no morals.  Any normal person would be ashamed, but not this asshole.  It grosses me out just to see his picture.  its ashamed he  still has supporters, proballty all child molesters too.  He should be in one of his cells locked up.  i bet his parents are real pround of their freak-job son.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

My, my, my...Babeu is running scared. All of his deputies are laughing at him behind his back. He's now officially known at Sheriff studboi at the PCSO, with references to how Babeu plans to "stick it out" as sheriff and in his congressional campaign. Funny stuff! Wonder how this ego-driven fool feels bout being a walking joke among his men. Tim Gaffney seems to be the only one who still "stands behind" Babeu.

Johnson
Johnson

Kudos to Pete Rios for standing up to this perverted phony bully with a badge we have as Sheriff.
So does Sheriff Studboi Babeu have secret files with made up dirt to silence any Pinal County official who asks him to do the right thing and step down? Scary.
The citizens of Pinal County deserve better than this...get this freak of a Sheriff out of here and get someone responsible to clean out the cheerleading cult of minions he has created at the PCSO. Get the PCSO back on the right track to serving the people of Pinal County instead of the aspirations of it's current dillusional, narcissistic, perverted leader.

Citizenkane
Citizenkane

Kicking and screaming...that's the only way this dilusional pervert Sheriff Studboi we have is going to leave. His career now is like the Titanic after it hit the iceburg. The end is inevitable; It's just a matter of time.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Poor girly man Babeu, his buddy Arpaio the commander of the pink undie brigade is par for the course, now we hear the possibility of pedophile in Babeu's history in a school he worked for? Now nothing surprises me at these folks with their phony tough guy images they portray in public, a very famous FBI director was once touted as toughest law man in america, turns out he liked to wear womens clothing and leaned to the man love thing, J. Edgar Hoover, of course he hid it in his closet and it did not surface till after he went onto the great beyond! I wonder what will fall out of Arpaio's closet one day!:-)

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