Sheriff Paul Babeu Planning To Take Legal Action Against Local News Station, ABC15?

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Michael DeSisto, (pictured center) founder of DeSisto School, appointed Paul Babeu as headmaster from 1999 to 2001.
​Speaking recently to reporters who showed up for a Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting, embattled Sheriff Paul Babeu said that cease and desist notices were filed with a "one news station in particular" and that "there's likely legal action that will follow with that."

ABC 15, along with other media outlets, have reported extensively on Babeu's ties to the DeSisto School, a private boarding school for troubled teens. Babeu was the headmaster and executive director at the Massachusetts school from 1999 to 2001.
We left messages for ABC15 regarding Babeu's statements, but haven't heard back.

Babeu remains twisted up over allegations that he was involved in a relationship with a 17-year-old at DeSisto School in Massachusetts while he served as headmaster and executive director of the school. The source of that allegation is Lucy Babeu, the sheriff's sister.

While Babeu and his attorneys have tried to discredit her, and Babeu's apologists have poked fun of her as being "paranoid," her allegations are backed up by several individuals who attended the private boarding school during Babeu's tenure.

Chris DeRose, one of Babeu's attorneys, didn't immediately respond to New Times request for clarification of the sheriff's statement.


Babeu, however, believes the media is engaged in a "wild pile-on," according to a story by Reporter Brian Wright.

The sheriff, who is also trying to hang on to a Congressional campaign in one of Arizona's most conservative districts, is also facing a legal claim for $1 million from ex-boyfriend Jose Orozco, a 34-year-old Mexican man who claims that Babeu and his attorney raised threats of deportation when he refused to sign a disclosure promising to keep silent about their relationship or Babeu's gay lifestyle.

Another sharp criticism of the sheriff -- who has been asked by chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to step down as Pinal County's top cop -- stems from sexually-explicit text messages and photographs Babeu sent, including a photo of his erect penis, and a profile he kept on a porn-riddled website where gay men can arrange sexual liaisons.

Babeu is facing further scrutiny for his ties to the unlicensed school where state investigators (Massachusetts' Office of Child Care Services) found instances of physical and sexual abuse, dangerous, even life-threatening conditions, and student neglect.

While the sheriff tries to minimize his role during his years as its headmaster, students who attended the school, including Melissa Burech, told New Times that Babeu regularly attended meetings where student treatment and school issues were discussed.



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DNichols
DNichols

The "World Wide Media" should sue Babeu for the Staged "Big Shoot out in the Desert", which was a hoax to exagerate the Phony "Border War", this stunt by Babeu's Dept. cost Tax Payers, and the Media Millions!

Jail Time for Babeu?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Of course he will take legal action.  They cock blocked him.

Church Lady
Church Lady

Suit away Babeu, you're the dumbshit standing in the photo.  You make one fine military officer "Not"!  By the way, 20 years in the National Guard does not equate to retirement. 

Guest
Guest

Hero, it's your time to exit, and take your groovie ghoulies with you. The citizens of Pinal County have "green lighted" your resignation.  Babeu you are full of shit! 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I read on Babeu's Wikipedia page that on 2/26/12, a female student of the DeSisto School accused Babeu of tolerating physical abuse of the students. The student's name is Holli Nielsen.

As far as Babeu is concerned, the DOJ needs to expand its abuse of power criminal investigation to include this fool. He can be Fox's cellmate in federal prison.

My sources in North Adams and I are trying to get Massachusetts to open an undercover investigation into the school opened. I'm still waiting on a response from the media outlets.  

 

Guest
Guest

In the hispanic community, Sherriff "I will suck you off as much needed" Babeu- is referred to as Chupacabra, or Chupa for short. 

1oftheBOIS
1oftheBOIS

I had a personal relationship with the Sheriff. I "knew" him (I put knew in quotes because he is a scummy liar).  @christinekaren...it sounds like you are still a supporter of the Sheriff and, you are right to an extent. However, the media is simply exposing and shedding light on the true nature of his character and, obviously, he is not a fan of any of this. He is the definition of a sociopath. He lied to me and he's been lying to himself his entire life. In a way, I feel really bad for him, but he set himself up for this catastrophic failure. HE is naive to believe he could pull the wool over this many people's eyes for this long. That wool is now being peeled back thanks to the bravery of Jose and the New Times. I just want him to go away. I'm OVER being reminded every day that he used his trickery, successfully, on me. It makes me sick. The last thing I want to hear about is this man. Just GO AWAY. Paul, if you're reading this, Detective Moussecox hates your friggin' guts, and I'll never, ever forgive you. I guess I find solace in the fact that your whole entire life is crumbling, and YOU have to live with the guilt of knowing what you've done to Jose, myself, the American people, and everyone else you've completely fucked over. And Karma, she's a BITCH! And right now, Karma is slapping the shit out of your pathetic little life. Stings, doesn't it?

Vicki
Vicki

Paul Babeu is finished in Az and I'm surprised he is still holding on to his job. He is guilty of
lies about himself and doesn't deserve public trust.  Those website photos he
posted, if nothing else, should disqualify him from public office.   That said, he might have a 
good lawsuit against TV15.  I've always iked their reporting but it is possible that they were a little overly zealous in this story. I watched all the coverage and got the impression that it was mostly, if not entirely, just opinions of two past students and it came across as gossip sounding tabloid, rather than news. I prefer facts in reporting. 17 is legal status in that state and no laws were broken although you'd think it violated the school's policy, at least.  There was not one accusation of Paul abusing children at that school either so it is difficult to understand what the story actually is.  TV15 presently no facts at all about misconduct of Paul Babeu at that school, just that he was employed there and that he probably lived with a legal age student which may have been against school policy.  No facts, so why did they even present that story for nearly a week?  Just my opinion.

EdnaMae
EdnaMae

I say go for it Studboi Zero, once all your closet doors are opened and
some of your tricks come forward with just how freaky you are in the bedroom,
even the old rich GOP gays in the closet will steer clear of you. This cad
really needs a clue, does he not know that Jose opened the closet door, and, I'm
sure lots of other of his tricks from online and only he knows where else he has
found 'sexy' illegal men for sex will all be on the witnesses stand as he no
longer has the power to keep them quiet, the man is a narcissist with a capital
N.

And, how come no one in this state ever followed up on Matt Heinz and his
connection to Studboi Zero?

Alex
Alex

Babeu says a "wild pile-on" is going on. ..Sounds like something from his adam4adam profile.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

The one consolation we all can harken too is the GOP is only nationally 22% of the electorate, if they cannot decieve enough moderates, independents to vote for them they cannot win, if they cannot disenfranchise enough poor & non-white voters via Jim Crow Jr the latest version of old Jim Crow the voter ID laws, they loose! Now here in Arizona sad to say we have become a magnet for the ne'r to do well right wing xenophobes who have come to Arizona like flies to the unmentionable pile of stuff they dine on, and like flies the bother folks and cannot be eradicated but merely have to be tolerated, good thing is their 35% of the Arizona electorate is still not a 50.1%! So there is hope the 65% can send them to their unhappy retirement!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

The above bumper sticker pretty much explains the GOP, who sad to say might have been Lincolns party in a bygone time but in 1960's, the Klan, segregationist dixiecrats migrated to the GOP and abandoned the democratic party in anger over them blacks getting voting rights, ability to sit in any seat on a bus, taking them priviledges they use to have, allowing them to use diners, bathrooms, water fountains etc., that once were non-white prohibited, yes sadly the GOP is what it is, but the funniest part is how some folks whom these folks despise will sell their very souls to garner a entrance to the back door of their masters plantation, now today they are not abadoning the GOP moderates they are evicting them, how funny them ugly angry red necked adoptee's from the democratic party are evicting their adoptive family!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Babeu won a civil judgment in past guess he is seeing the career in politics he sought fizzle before his eyes, so he can pin his financial hopes on some law suit judgments but my guess is if he was involved with the 17 year old, a civil case will open a can of worms for him since it will  allow whom ever he sues to get depositions under oath by him, his alleged 17 year old lover and others and perjury is a crime not a civil matter, funny how karma works, this fellow apparently all his life has lived a narcisitic existence, hiding in his log cabin closet hoping the GOP will one day let him be in that elite ruling class, but alas them log cabin republicans are like the old plantation story of Uncle Tom, he was never more than a favorite pet, slave, who they tolerated and like a favorite hunting dog, fed well but never will rise above the station his masters deem him to be at! Gays, non-whites in the GOP are their white elite good ole boys favorite pets they tolerate on election day and then wish them back in their closets and to the rear seats in the bus post election night!

Anon
Anon

If that were a 17 year old girl instead of a boy that he allegedly had a relationship with it would be child molestation.

Michael
Michael

That graphic in the article....wow.  It looks like a porno ad for a pedophile.

Coz
Coz

Arizona leadership, an embarrassment that just keeps on giving...

Christinekaren
Christinekaren

Do not be so naive as to believe everything that you read and/or see in the media.

savatage
savatage

He said "wild pile-on"...

Headcoach
Headcoach

Another attempt at bullying. I am hearing everywhere in the gay community that this guy's nickname is, "The White Swallow."

narizona
narizona

You are a faiure, go crawl back in the closet , remember it was OK in there  . It's not out here in the real world . Get off that shit what ever it is that makers you spew out all that smoke You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all of the time . You jerk off!!!!!

narizona
narizona

Just freakin go away you mental twit.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Go for it Paul. Deposition time!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Why doesn't he just go away?    Everything he does just makes it worse for himself.    He's so typical of politicians today.    You have to be a senator or higher to get away with the stuff he's done.    He has no power and never did.

Michael Bryan
Michael Bryan

Wow. That graphic is sincerely creepy cultic psycho-sexual juju. What the hell kind of place was this 'school'?

Just
Just

Sounds like you knew him in the bedroom, what I don't get is if he was
such creep, which he is, why have people remained quiet about this thug?

This is what happens when you are on the DL and date loons like Babeu, you
get burned, but, alas the jokes on him, he can try and be macho man all he wants
but, to the typical GOP voter in this state, they see him with Jose's thing in
his mouth and other loose parts.

Feel bad for those who were burned by him, but, they knew they were playing
with fire and an egomaniac as most of the power bottoms like he are LOL.

Just
Just

One would think, be who knows, he's running against two of the most boring, inept people in this state, and, with a threesome going on in the primary, he may not be done yet.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 Sounds like the DeSisto picture above.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 I am guessing that Babeu wanted the HEAD Master job after he saw that picture.  I would opine that he was thinking "Twink Buffet!"

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 I keep looking for a better word than embarrassment.  However, that covers just about everything I feel about the illegal, immoral, uncaring, selfish, dishonest, stupid and just flat out wrong acts our leadership takes. 

We just lost a good guy at my company that I have had for about 10 years.  The failure of the AZ state legislature to support education properly indicated to him and his wife that they needed to find another place to raise their kids.  Of course he is going to a competitor so my company will have to compete against one of the best I have ever had on staff.  A single loss to him might mean I have to trim about 20 employees.  I hope not, but that is the way the business is.

I don't mean to get off topic, but across the board from predator Sheriffs to education to circumcision based citizenship and all sorts of crap, I don't think I leaders are 'saving' Arizona as Brewer notes.  They are wrecking the state for the next two or three decades. 

They are an EMBARRASSMENT!

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

That's what he'll name his new used helicopter, "White Swallow," instead of it's current name Raven 1.

Guest
Guest

This explains where he get his super powers. 

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

If Babeu don't like the press investigating him, just imagine him having to participate in the discovery process and have his whole life investigated and picked apart by lawyers!

Greenizsmiling
Greenizsmiling

Perhaps he doesn't "just go away" because he is innocent of most of the allegations.  Maybe the only thing he's guilty of is being gay and trying to keep that information private.... well... because who he sleeps with is no one else's business!  And he has a right to go after whatever job he decides to go after. And your remark about him getting away with "stuff he's done" assumes quite a lot.  For instance, that he's done it!!!  Before you go commenting on something, look up your ACTUAL facts.

Trixie
Trixie

Isn't the point precisely that they didn't know what they were dealing with -- much like the voters of Pinal County?  Especially if they were young (actual bois, not 43-year-olds), they may never have encountered a bald, sociopathic liar.  (1oftheBOIS doesn't say how old he was when he became involved w/ Babeu.)  They may have become involved with him before he invented his current macho-man persona, which he only hit upon in middle age.  (1oftheBOIS doesn't say where Babeu was working when they met.  DeSisto?  Chandler?  In between?)  You presume that they were on the DL themselves, which hasn't been established.  You ask why they've remained quiet.  Isn't that one of the main unsettled questions, whether Babeu pressured, threatened, or otherwise induced them to keep their pie holes shut?  It'll be an interesting window on his character if it can be confirmed that Jose isn't the only sex partner he lied to and used badly.

DNichols
DNichols

Yep "White Swallow", searching for a new "Brown Cockertoo".

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

Sorry, strike "don't" and replace with "doesn't"

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Although I'll agree that we do not understand the truth, I hardly sense he is innocent of any wrong doing to include an undated letter from the alleged teen student he had an affair with no validation of authenticity.

One thing true is the fact he's sought so much media attention about problems in Pinal county, but now the spot light is on him he wants to sue.

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