Sheriff Paul Babeu "Pleaded" With Ex-Boyfriend to Keep Silent About Relationship, AG's Investigators Reveal

See also: Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Him
See also: Demands Grow for Full Investigation into Allegations Against Babeu
See also: Paul Babeu and Ex-Boyfriend Jose Orozco Won't Be Charged With Crimes
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Paul Babeu and his ex-boyfriend, Jose Orozco

The allegations first reported by New Times in February were explosive: Paul Babeu's ex-boyfriend claimed that -- after he refused to sign an agreement to keep quiet about his relationship with the sheriff -- Babeu and his attorney threatened him with deportation.

But was there a threat? Did Chris DeRose, Babeu's attorney, raise questions about the ex-boyfriend's immigration status to intimidate him into signing a non-disclosure contract?

That question has been at the crux of a story that lit a firestorm for the once-up-and-coming Republican and forced him to quit his Congressional campaign.

And, today, a seven-month investigation by the Arizona Attorney General's Office concluded that the answer was: "There is no indication that [Babeu] misused any authority or misused public money to harass or intimidate Jose Orozco" and that Ozoco's "allegations are not supported by the facts."

But it appears that DeRose told investigators a different story than he told the media.

"In the interview with Chris DeRose, he said that he wanted Jose Orozco to come to his office and sign a non-disclosure agreement," AG's investigators wrote.

While investigators say DeRose admitted that to them, he previously denied it to the media, according to published reports.

An Arizona Republic article on March 7, 2012 says, "DeRose denies ever having the Sept. 12 conversation and on Wednesday repeated his claim that he never asked Orozco to sign a non-disclosure contract."

DeRose is quoted in the Republic as saying: "The only thing I ever wanted him to sign was an agreement to refrain from further attacks on our website, Twitter, or online transaction systems. If you look at her first letter to me, [Orozco's then-lawyer Melissa Weis-Riner] says that Jose would not sign anything but would refrain from further attacks on the website. I took her at her word."

To other media outlets, too, DeRose said the "objective" wasn't to get Orozco to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

DeRose was quoted in the Los Angels Times in February 2012 as saying he was just trying "to prevent another hacking incident, and the only thing I ever asked for was an agreement to refrain from doing so in the future."

It's unclear which of DeRose's statements is accurate or why investigators didn't press the discrepancy.

As we previously reported, Orozco said the threats against him came after he started tweeting about Babeu's profile on a hook-up site for gay men -- and posting unflattering articles on the campaign website. He says that's when Babeu's campaign manager, DeRose, went after him.

Orozco eventually gave control of the accounts to Babeu. Orozco said DeRose then wanted him to sign a non-disclosure agreement, promising not to reveal his relationship with the sheriff.

When Orozco refused, he and his attorney, Weis-Riner, said DeRose brought up Orozco's alleged expired visa as incentive for him to sign.

While DeRose's story apparently changed when he talked to AG's investigators, Weis-Riner's has been consistent since she and Orozco first shared Jose's story with New Times.

She told investigators the same thing she told media outlets before the AG's office started its probe. She told them that after reaching a stalemate over Orozco's signing the non-disclosure agreement, DeRose said her client should be interested in signing the agreement.

The report says Weis-Riner continued to investigators that DeRose told her "it was his understanding" that Orozco was in the United States on an expired student visa. At that point, it became a heated conversation, she went on, sayng she told DeRose, "Are you kidding me? This is why you want my client to sign the agreement!"

She told investigators that DeRose said yes. She then related that she told DeRose it would be embarrassing for his client to make the allegations because Babeu takes such a strong stand on illegal immigration, and "now you are trying to tell me Jose Orozco is here illegally."

Investigaors say DeRose told them the conversation never took place.

Instead, he described his conversations -- those that he could remember -- with Weis-Riner as "pleasant." He said he didn't have any documentation or files on "the matter," investigators noted.


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marcy
marcy

DeRose is using the Joe Arpaio defense, I know 'nutting, I don't remember 'nutting, I don't recall 'nutting.

 

 

djalmasat
djalmasat

Paul Babeu second talk is a gay desperate to end his relationship with the Mexican José Orozco, because their matrimonial union was scheduled for the month of November, soon after the victory of Barak Obama. Now it is a question in the air: he says that campaigned for Mitt Romney in Arizona. But it was not even invited to denounce contubérnia the relationship between them. Question is in the air: Mitt Romney is also gay? Powerful!

lostcause
lostcause

Good job Ms. Alonzo. Keep the heat on this lying, coniving, vindictive sheriff.

robert_graham
robert_graham

And the PNT wonders why they are raided when they publish such bullshit such as this.  I thought that this tabloid is for gay rights, not against it.

anonis
anonis

 @marcy

 

Why did AG believed Chris DeRose and Not Atty Melissa ? Jose's Atty, Melissa sent many written letter to Chris DeRose  talking about Jose's status issue. Why AG didn't say anything about it? 

DeRose, why did not you want anything written to setup the outstanding allegations with Melissa Weiss ? Why did you always called her ? Should people give you advice to file your cases? are you really an atty ?

Kurt Kusanovich lied to AG to attack Jose. Kurt Kusanovich is talking about himself impersonating. Kurt has a facebook with different name. Why are you impersonating, hiding to / from ? employers ? about you being gay? Kurt tried hard to get Jose and he never got him that is the only reason attacking Jose.

Kusanovich wrote in Arizona republic making false accusations about Jose's status, and jose's brother status and some other false acusations, at the same time he was talking to sheriff studboi. those comments will backlash on kurt and babeu and a real investigation will comes up again with the truth

Kurt say why you got lay off ???

Anon.
Anon.

 @marcy   Prior inconsistent statements are grounds to impeach a witness's testimony, yet the Cole report takes DeRose's shifting word for it over Melissa Weiss-Riner's consistent account on this central question of the case.  On what grounds?  It doesn't bother to say.  

Babeu
Babeu

 @JoeArpaioFan

 This is not about gay rights. This is about Paul intimidating and threatening Jose and other people to hide who he is sexually. Paul has been with boys under the age of 18. Paul lies on this gay naked wiebsites about his age, and makes himself younger. What person has to sign a agreement to be quiet after they have sex with someone? Paul has never supported gay rights before.

There seems to be a lot of changes to the stories and forgetting of information in this investigation on Chris DeRose part and Paul's. For example, when there was a email left by Jose by Chino Valley News, Lynn LeMaster contacted Chris DeRose and Paul and she deleted it for them. In it place, Chris DeRose has her blame it on me, Lucy Babeu, saying, "It is Paul's mentally ill sister". They were doing that to hide Jose from coming out to the public about Paul being on any gay nude website and used me to slander and harass. In the report below is the email that I had never seen:

 

JANUARY 2012On 1/7/2012 at 1019 hours, Chino Valley News received an email notification that indicatedsomeone had posted a comment in response to a Chino Valley News article titled, "Sheriff PaulBabeu Announces Run for CD4."  The email included a copy of the comment, which read: "This guys portraits himself as a public service helper, as hero. The facts are his own speech anda microphone. he makes false statements and alter statistics. The real paul babeu is the onewho had a profile on www.adam4adam.com advertising for sex with photos t-shirtless and dirty conversations with gays. For all conservatives, being gay is a big issue, but having a weird sexualbehavior with young males and dishonesty is a really big trouble for this superstar."

Now the comment left about me was never mentioned in the investigation. Why not Chris DeRose or Paul? You two just try to make it look like your the sweet little angels. There are a lot more evidence that was not included in there. It is amazing when you get to read the documents and you hear what happened before, you know that Chris and Paul are both two big liars.

Monica covered this story and what Chris DeRose claimed before the investigations totally changed during the investigation. It is all in the report. They are not bashing gay people. It is not  right that people have to pay a price for Paul hiding his sexuality and how he acts out and lies about it. Lucy Babeu

 

marcy
marcy

 @JoeArpaioFan They didn't get raided for publishing bullshit.

 

They got "raided" (ie the executives hauled out of their homes in the middle of the night) because they published the truth about an utterly bogus grand jury subpoena when there wasn't even a grand jury.

lostcause
lostcause

@JoeArpaioFan Even the gay community doesn't support this predatory pervert of a sheriff.

woefatcat
woefatcat

 @JoeArpaioFan If people get raided for publishing "bullshit" your door would have been broken down long ago Scotty.

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