Exclusive: MCSO Sex Crimes Internal Investigation Reports Online
As our exclusive video of Arpaio's testimony from last year's Joel Fox termination appeal hearing shows, Hendershott was just following Arpaio's lead on the issue of written documentation.
Arpaio explains in his videotaped testimony that he never wrote memos or emails, and didn't ever require Hendershott to put anything in writing.
See, Arpaio doesn't like paper trails, either. And still doesn't - even though he admitted to county lawyer at the hearing that he "probably should" put things in writing.
In Lieutenant Hank Brandimarte's interview with Licking, Brandimarte explained the difficulties of trying to deal with Kim Seagraves, the sergeant over the sex-crimes unit, when she was engaged to Terry Young, then the deputy chief over internal affairs:
Now on another occasion, uh, I walk in. She has a large crock pot with, uh, barbeque beef in it, which I thought was funny because we weren't havin' a pot luck so I asked her about it. And she said well, this is for Terry.
And I said well, what's, what's for Terry? Well, he's leaving for a weekend retreat on Dave Hendershott's boat, which was commonplace at the time.
You know as a supervisor when you piece all these things together, you worry about okay, if I, if I write her up or if I transfer her, what's the repercussion to me? And I think it has been established, um, there, there is, there was that was the culture of the organization at the time, which has since changed, uh, but it certainly it's a real fear to hold a subordinate accountable who's connected, married to a Chief who's connected to the Deputy Chief. And I, I think that's a, a, a real fear. Does that make an excuse? No, but I just think that it's important to note that interdynamics between people
when you're trying to hold somebody accountable for substandard performance versus how is this gonna affect my career in the long run?
Um, I that that's all I can explain. Uh, you know I, I had to believe based on what she was tellin' me and what she knew and who she, uh, uh, referred to as a resource that what she was tellin' me was the truth and, uh, I just you know I could have pushed her, but I just didn't know how it would impact me. Subsequently, uh, you know it's one of those
regrets that you have that that you try to see a bigger picture and it's not always as clear as you think it is. So I just thought that was important to note that, uh, while you could argue that that, uh, you know I failed on some level, uh, I, I think there were other issues at play within the organization and, and it's culture at that time.
Seagraves, who was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant while she was being investigated for alleged incompetence, threatened to sue the agency if she was held solely responsible for the sex-crimes problems. Supervisors decided last year to punish Seagraves and several other deputies for not following procedures, improperly storing evidence and other problems.
You'll read about some of their screw-ups in these pages, but the actions of the lower-level employees still appear to reflect their poor management. The chaos was created from above -- as Deputy Chief Brian Sands noted in updated letters sent recently to the deputies who would have been disciplined. Sands told the employees that the problems were systemic and not the fault of any particular individuals. (For some reason, those letters weren't included with the recent release, either.)
The 71-page transcript of Seagrave's interview, for example, has an interesting passage that relates how the sex-crimes unit deputies were excited for a short time, believing that a child-abuse unit was going to be created, reducing their large workload. They were shown new cars that were to be used by the new unit, which would likely include some members of the existing sex-crimes unit. Seagraves says that when it became clear the unit, though funded by the county, wouldn't be created after all, they saw the vehicles go to Arpaio's pet project -- the Human Smuggling Unit.
We'll keep reading through this stuff over the next few days and let you know if we see anything else good.