Sheriff Joe Arpaio: The 25 Most Read Stories of His Previous Term
10.) Victims Wonder Why Arpaio Let Sex-Abuse Cases Languish
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Late 2005 to October 2007 was not a good time to be raped or molested in El Mirage.
During that time, the town had signed a contract to pay the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office $3.6 million for police services. But Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn't use the money to bolster his sex-crimes unit. Instead, the publicity-hungry sheriff's focus, as always, was on political witch hunts and pet projects that got his name in lights. Read the full story by Ray Stern, published on February 16, 2012.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio apologized to the victims of hundreds of El Mirage sex-crimes cases that went uninvestigated due to incompetent police work under his watch. Read the full story by Ray Stern, published on December 5, 2011.
Bigots at the Texans For Immigration Reform fundraising rally in September of 2009 laughed as the Maricopa County sheriff described the illegitimate reason for targeting Hispanics in illegal-immigrant roundups. Read the full story by Ray Stern, published on April 23, 2012.
The battle for control of Maricopa County -- pitting Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas against the Board of Supervisors, judges, and county administrators -- has been costly to both taxpayers and the parties involved. Read the full story by Sarah Fenske, published on May 26, 2010.
Almost eight years ago, as an inmate at Durango, a man recounts what he calls simply "my worst moment" in Arpaio's jail system. Read the full story by Paul Rubin, published on January 14, 2012.