Deputy Tim Abrahamson, Accused Attacker of Man Who Cuckolded Him, was Key Figure in Sheriff Arpaio's Disgraced Anti-Corruption Team

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Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Detective Tim Abrahamson, seen here in his mug shot, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a violent assault on his wife's ex-lover.

Detective Tim Abrahamson, who played a lead role in some of the discredited MACE investigations that led to the disbarment of former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, drove to North Dakota in September and attacked his wife's ex-lover, police say.

Abrahamson created a ruse to get close to the man, then beat him severely with some kind of weapon, say North Dakota authorities. Part of the victim's ear was sliced off.

Records show that Abrahamson planned the attack meticulously and drove to North Dakota on a day off with another Maricopa deputy, Steven Carpenter.

Carpenter was given immunity by North Dakota authorities in order to tattle on Abrahamson, which he apparently did.

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We've long suspected that some of Arpaio's MACE guys really were thugs.

The alleged dirty deed began with an affair between Trinity Abrahamson, the detective's wife, and a past boyfriend, Jason Swart of West Fargo. After reconnecting on Facebook, they met in North Dakota in July of 2011 and had sex, according to court documents first reported in the Grand Forks Herald.

A few weeks later, the married woman told Swart her husband had learned of the affair.

In August of this year, Swart received a Facebook message from Trinity's sister, who wrote: "Do you have any idea of the pain you have caused my family in the last year? Do you have any idea what Trinity has had to go through because of you?"

On September 16, Swart came home by himself after a lunch with family members. As he stepped out of his car, a black sedan pulled up.

The timing makes us think Abrahamson and Carpenter, who were in the black car, must have been spying on Swart's home for a while, waiting for him to arrive.

A man that Swart later identified as Abrahamson emerged from the sedan and walked up to him, holding an envelope. He said he'd been receiving Swart's mail.

"Mr. Swart stated that he turned to open the envelope, and then realized he was lying on the ground in a pool of his own blood," records state.

As the Herald reports, the sedan, Abrahamson and even the envelope was gone.

Abrahamson had apparently rented the car from the same rental-car business used by the Sheriff's Office, but had told the company he was going to South Dakota for a personal trip.

Police found numerous text messages between Abrahamson and Carpenter, and later obtained cell-phone records that showed both men had been on the road trip together.

West Fargo police contacted the Maricopa Sheriff's Office a few days after the assault and let them know Abrahamson was the suspect. The Sheriff's Office put him on paid leave.

The Herald says he was placed on unpaid leave after his arrest at the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. Officials plan to extradite him to North Dakota.

Abrahamson worked over various MACE projects, including at least two that involved ethical abuses. One was the investigation of a local computer company related to a squabble between the Sheriff's Office and the county's computer department. Dave Hendershott, Arpaio's trusted former chief deputy, allegedly ordered the drafting of an improper search warrant on the company in that case.

Abrahamson helped investigate and gave key testimony to a grand jury in the cooked-up "bug sweep" case against County Supervisor Andy Kunasek. Hendershott, probably with Arpaio's blessing, was reportedly using the case to take over county leadership. After the grand jury heard the testimony by Abrahamson and Hendershott about various crimes alleged against county officials, jurors agreed the cases were so bad that the Sheriff's Office should stop investigating.

Arpaio's office didn't return messages about the case. We wanted to ask if Carpenter is being investigated by the Sheriff's Office for possible policy violations, and whether Abrahamson had a clean record at the agency before this incident.

"Clean" being a relative term at the Sheriff's Office, naturally.



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jon49417
jon49417

shaved head check.  douche bag goatee check.  porcine appearance check. thug punk check.  Heres your badge

gerry_c
gerry_c

Arpaio. The gift that keeps on fucking us back.

FuckRepublicans
FuckRepublicans

Everybody get ready for another 4 years of abuse my MCSO and the millions that will follow in civil suit payouts.

 

Great job you idiot voters, you get what you deserve.

JanBrewertheDrunk
JanBrewertheDrunk

MCSO, what a bunch of out of control pieces of shit they are, lead by the BIGGEST POS there is, Joe Arpaio.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

Wow. So since taxpayers have thugs working for us, does that make us part of the mob? I feel like some Pavarotti and pasta.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

Thug, a common criminal, who treats others violently and roughly, often for hire.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Seems Carpenter should also be fired from MCSO and both these thugs should have their AZ POST certs pulled.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

Steven Carpenter:  You are next.  If you conspired to cause bodily harm to the individual from North Dakota, and you aided your butt buddy in his plan to injure someone else, you also need to be fired.  You  were granted immunity  from North  Dakota, eh?  Well, I would like the general public to  be protected from the likes of you - your sorry ass lack of judgement and your participation in the planning of a crime should be enough to have you surrender your law enforcement credentials.  I'm sure the general public will be watching....and I for one will be making inquiries about your ability to remain certified in law enforcement.  The public DEMANDS protection  from the likes of you and your friends.  I DEMAND protection against people like you.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

I wonder if Abrahamson tried to take advantage of his status at MCSO to receive a rental car discount or used the MCSO credit cards for travel or gas.  This needs to be looked at right away...before this crazy slob gets his last pay check. 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Trinity's sister sent a FaceBook message to Swart, blaming him? I think this article said that Trinity traveled to North Dakota and met Swart and had sex with him. I will assume at some point that Trinity agreed to the soiree with Swart, thus giving some of the 'blame' for the tryst to her, as well as Swart. Trinity could easily have said, "No thanks. We had our time and enjoyed it but I have a husband now and don't want to jeopardize my marriage". She apparently didn't, and did.

 

Then, instead of working on whatever problems there are in his marriage, Abrahamson drove to North Dakota to beat up the guy?

 

I suppose Abrahamson will claim self-defense....

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

So, Dave Hendershott's go-to guy on the "Anti Corruption Task Force" really is a thug.  Imagine that.  He seemed so sure of himself while he was knocking on people's doors, serving search warrants and generally "protecting the community" against white collar crime.  Now he's up to his neck in indictments for assault.  MCSO should be ashamed of themselves for their poor judgement in personnel.  So many with such heinous behavior.  But it IS the culture of the MCSO.  It IS the type of employee Hendershott loved to hire.  The more thuggish the better.  I say fire them BOTH immediately and IF any taxpayer funds were used for this little trip to ND, then reimburse the taxpayers from their final checks.  Abrahamson...YOU, are a dirty pig.  YOU need to lose your ability to EVER put a badge on.  YOU are a wart on the nose of law enforcement.  YOU are a total L O S E R

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

There has to be policy in place before it can be broken. From what I've seen MCSO apparently has no policies about deviant behavior by it's employees. At least, select employees. If it weren't for another law enforcement agency being involved it's likely this would never have been investigated or reported.

 

Did these two take a county vehicle to North Dakota to beat up the lover of his wife, I wonder? Did Maricopa taxpayers pay for these two to travel there and back to commit felony crimes?

 

marcy
marcy

Cops, for the most part, are barely civilized thugs.

 

 

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @WhoKnows It certainly seems like the public should be able to contact that agency and find out what they intend to do about their certifications.  Too many times these rogue thugs have been allowed to keep repeating their behaviors...I'd like to see these guys stopped now.

 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @OnlyInArizona not arguing with you, but you said "IF he conspired"  thats one hell of a long trip to take, spur of the moment without asking where you are going or why. its not "IF" he conspired, its a given that he DID

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @Tommy_Collins Tommy:  WHO drives to North Dakota on their day off?  I'll bet the time cards at MCSO are a little short of the truth.  To carry out this crime, Abrahamson needed a few, at the least days off...which had BETTER not have been on the backs of the taxpayers.  I'm assuming the Board that regulates law enforcement officers will have this guy on their "DO NOT RETURN" LIST...any thoughts on this?  Can he be reported right away?  Can we be sure he is ALSO on the Brady List? 

ricardocabeza
ricardocabeza

 @JoeArpaioFan released... on your asshole. seriously, JAF, I can't WAIT for your crazy ass to get beaten on the daily in some pointless jail. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan You should be returned to the mental institution from which you escaped, immediately, and force-fed those medications for the voices in your empty head.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @JoeArpaioFan You really seem crazy JAF...you have spouted incessantly about "lawbreakers" and how you support the Sheriff because he goes after criminals.  This former deputy is a criminal now, with an indictment for assault and an extradition to face justice.  And now YOU SAY he should be found not guilty?  All of your other comments speak to an opposite point of view.  Either quit drinking or take your medication.  Your choice.  But you are talking from both sides of you mouth, and you are insulting to the bulk of us who are law abiding, decent citizens just trying to make a difference.  Justice IS justice, and this former Deputy needs to be shown some good old fashioned kick ass prison time.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins

 That's not clear in the article.  It says he rented a car from the same agency used by the sheriff's department but told them it was for a personal trip to South Dakota.  I derive from this that he probably paid for it himself, but got a good deal because he's with the MCSO.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @danzigsdaddy  @OnlyInArizona I agree.  Poor choice of words.  Of course he conspired.  That's why he was given immunity from North Dakota to rat out Abrahamson.  I stand corrected.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @OnlyInArizona  

 I still wonder if an MCSO vehicle was used to drive to NoDak and back. If so, I think they would constitute theft. In a real state. Perhaps not so much in Arizona.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

 @OnlyInArizona  I have to agree.  Once my son drove here with a friend from Minnesota.  They took turns driving while the other slept and drove straight through to save time.  It took them almost 24 hours to drive one way.

 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

 @OnlyInArizona  @JoeArpaioFan

 JAF spouts off to rile up the intellectually weak who can't help themselves and have to respond to his idiocy.  Congratulations!  You are one of those he preys upon!

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @wherewasi  Yep, but the question remains. DID he use an MCSO vehicle to go to and from NoDak to perform this beatdown? Stranger things have happened and I don't think it's at all unlikely that MCSO has or will try to cover it up. The MCSO model over the past twenty years has been one of deny, deny, deny, and "make THEM prove anything". We have every right and reason to demand an answer. HOW did the two MCSO employees travel to and from NoDak. Whose vehicle and who paid for gas and lodging, etc? If Abrahamson used a county credit card for ANY of the expenses then criminal charges in Maricopa County should be issued.

 

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @yourproductsucks No.  Just reviewing some transcripts involving this thug, and the more I see what his involvement was in making others' lives miserable, the more I am angered by this latest revelation  about his criminal activity.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @danzigsdaddy And...this Abrahamson was one of the "leads" going after people, performing investigations, tailing them, trying to trump up bogus charges and serving bogus  search warrants.  Just ask the County staff that he visited.  Ask the people who were subjected to his behavior during the "MACE" RAIDS how righteous this guy pretended to be.  He is a major FAILURE.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

 @OnlyInArizona  Absolutely agree!  Of course, the MCSO Shurf would NEVER knowingly contract with dishonest vendors and the contracts are always vetted through proper and objective channels.  For example, the towing contract, the jail vending machine contracts, the agreement with Babeau to "investigate" the Munnell memo, the contract to pay his wife rent for his campaign office, etc.

 

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @Tommy_Collins  @OnlyInArizona Tommy, the ND newspaper article says the vehicle was returned (the undercover black sedan) at 8:15 a.m. the day following the assault; however, the  police report from ND indicates they think the vehicle was returned a full two days later - and was done intentionally by the company under contract with MCSO to provide vehicles -  all in an effort to save Abrahamson some money  on rentals.  If this is the  case, this contractor needs to be audited ASAP.  If they will "cook the books"  to favor an MCSO deputy, they would also "cook the books" to charge the county more money for vehicle leasing.  This is outrageous.  It calls for a very thorough investigation into the contract and vendor/contract relationship  with MCSO.  Agree?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @danzigsdaddy  @OnlyInArizona YPS takes a "different approach" with Jaffy because he understands him. After all, they are both apologists for the corruption and incompetence of the MCSO.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @wherewasi true. on one post he is saying Penzone is a woman beater....with contradicting evidence. on the next post he is saying he believes that women deserve a beating. on one post he says people should be shot, but on this post he advocating assault. 

ricardocabeza
ricardocabeza

 @danzigsdaddy  @OnlyInArizona I think he's kind of awesome, inasmuch as he's obviously mentally ill, or a right wing troll, and either way, he makes the positions he espouses seem as idiotic as they actually are. In the war of ideas, he's a priceless boon to all of us who hate the brutality and corruption of the MCSO

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy  The truth of the matter is that Bobby/JAF doesn't really believe the things he posts.  He does it for the sole purpose of getting the rest of us riled up.  I reply occassionally when he says something that is more incredibly stupid than usual, but usually I just laugh and shake my head, wondering why such an obnoxious little shithead never got the crap beat out of him on the playground and learned a lesson.

 

 

 

 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @OnlyInArizona  too many people respond to him (JAF) even i shouldnt, but i have my reasons for doing it (not saying they are right, not saying they are wrong, just that i have personal reasons for doing it) everybody responding to him is wasting their time (myself included). you just cant fix certain things. and while trying to educate JAF is admirable, its also pointless. he is so firmly embedded in his own delusional beliefs that NOBODY will ever get him to see simple logic. myself, i have caused enough pain and misery in my life that i am continually trying to get through to him, but all i am doing is spinning my wheels. YPS takes a different approach to JAF that we all should. YPS doesnt even. acknowledge him, as big an idiot we know JAF is, we are worse by thinking we could reach him. you cant explain nuclear physics to a 3 week old infant, so why try. (good advice, i just cant seem to follow it myself though) 

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

 @yourproductsucks  @JoeArpaioFan He doesn't prey on me.  He is an idiot and everybody knows it.  I chose to respond regarding this Deputy because I know what I speak of.  Intellectually weak?  No.  Passionate about this issue?  Yes.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  @Tommy_CollinsI LOVE the fact that Kielsky took almost 27% of the vote for County Attorney without even campaigning.  All he had to do was be "someone else" on the ballot.  LOL.  That's gotta sting, huh Billie Boy?

 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @Tommy_Collins  "If Abrahamson used a county credit card for ANY of the expenses then criminal charges in Maricopa County should be issued."

 

Riiiight. Like MontyPug would ever do his job and actually issue criminal charges against his master the Flaccid Failure.

 

MontyPug would never have been elected County Attorney if it hadn't been for the MCSO shurf and his money.

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