Deputy Steve Carpenter Resigns in Fallout Over Tim Abrahamson North Dakota Assault Case; UPDATED w/MCSO Response

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Tim Abrahamson, former Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Steve Carpenter has resigned as a deputy from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office following accusations that he helped another deputy in a plan to assault a North Dakota man.

No allegation ever surfaced that Carpenter helped former deputy Tim Abrahamson pummel West Fargo resident Jason Swart, who'd had an affair with Abrahamson's wife a year before the September 2012 beating that cost Swart part of an ear. Still, Carpenter drove the 1,600 miles to West Fargo with Abrahamson and may have known what his buddy was going to do.

Abrahamson pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of aggravated assault and faces a June 27 sentencing hearing in which he could get up to five years in prison.

See also: Tim Abrahamson, Former Maricopa Deputy, Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Wife's Lover in North Dakota; Faces Up To Five Years in Prison

Carpenter was given immunity by prosecutors in Cass County, North Dakota, in return for giving information about Abrahamson. Info released in the case indicate that Carpenter helped stake out Swart's home just prior to the attack.

Full details of the assault and Carpenter's involvement are not yet available to the public. Tristan Van de Streek, Cass County prosecutor, tells New Times that North Dakota law prohibits the release of the police report and various records in the case until after Abrahamson is sentenced.

Still unclear is the date that the Maricopa agency knew about the allegations against Carpenter and Abrahamson, and what the Sheriff's Office did with the knowledge.

West Fargo authorities let the Sheriff's Office in Phoenix know that Abrahamson was a suspect just a few days after the assault, and the Sheriff's Office put the deputy on paid leave.

Carpenter, however, may have been on patrol until he was put on paid leave on November 8, the day after Abrahamson was finally arrested following an investigation.

We'll let you know when we hear back from the MCSO on our questions.

UPDATE: Van de Streek writes back to tell us that MCSO representatives and West Fargo detectives were in contact within days after the September 16 attack. However, Carpenter wasn't granted immunity or interviewed by the North Dakota detectives until November 2 sometime after November 2nd, and possibly as late as November 7 (see new update). That's a week before Carpenter went on leave. The public should be informed as to how the MCSO handled the knowledge about Carpenter and Abrahamson.

NEW UPDATE -- 3 p.m.: MCSO officials didn't know Carpenter was in the car with Abrahamson until an interview by MCSO with Carpenter on November 7, says Lisa Allen in an email.

Asked if MCSO knew Carpenter had done something bad, but left him on the streets anyway, Allen writes, "no."

She says we can view the completed internal-investigation report on Carpenter and resignation letter, if any, with a records request, which we've submitted.

We'll give the MCSO the benefit of the doubt on this one, (there's a first for everything.) Any reasonable law-enforcement agency would have put Carpenter on leave once they learned about allegations this serious.

While MCSO internal affairs investigators didn't know about Carpenter's misdeed until November 7, they arguably should have. North Dakota authorities knew about Abrahamson's attack on Swart a few days after it happened, and they knew someone else was in the rented sedan. Plus, the West Fargo police summary report (below) states that Sheriff Arpaio's office served a search warrant to obtain Carpenter's phone records, which were then turned over to West Fargo police on November 1. Carpenter remained on patrol until he was put on leave, Allen confirmed.


Click here to read a summary report of the crime by West Fargo police.


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Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

While I am glad he is gone, he should not be able to escape charges via this. He needs to be charged, there is no way he did not know what was going on.

marcy
marcy

Just more MCSO thugs.  Must be nice to be able to get paid to stay home until it become obvious even to senile Joe that you are a good for nothing criminal. 

avm44
avm44

5 yrs. not even 5 hrs. maby anger management rehab . now you or anyone else yes it would be much more like 10 yrs. half of that dude ear chewed off thats mayham . and payed leave for 7 mos . and we the tax payers ends up holding the bag. according to ole Joe they were doing their job.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Just two more of the MCSO's finest.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

i thought conspiracy was still a crime?  he helped stake the home out. what? did he think they were on a special assignment or something in another state? he is just as complicit as Abrahmson is. he could have bailed at any time but didnt. he may not have known the reason for the trip (doubtful) but thtere is no way he was staking out some dudes home without knowing something was wrong. he should be serving the same time as Abrahmson

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

"faces up to 5 years" doesnt mean it will happen though. but then again, being in another state.....it just might

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753   just saying. you know they might just throw the book at him. cops dont like other cops trying to flex their muscle in their territory nor do they approve of other cops who make a mockery of their jobs and make other cops look bad. and lastly.....nobody likes a snitch, so Carpenter is pretty done anywhere he goes too (but i do think he should be up on the same charges as Abrahmson). YPS put it best "good riddance" (i am just surprised YPS didnt add "to bad trash")

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks    YPS,  here's a question for you. since this is a crime that involved crossing state lines, does this garner any federal attention? the reason i am asking is, since Abrahamson's "partner" in this crime walked from the Dakota police and Dakota prosecution, would he still be able to be charged on a federal level since it was acrime that crossed states?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @Flyer9753 

I agree and I hope they do, but the only reason would be the 'territorial' thing, which is 100% true and speaks volumes in and of itself - would they have done the same if it hadn't been a territory thing??? That's the part I am speaking too.

Yes, he should be up on the same charges, but remember, what he ultimately will be charged with is not up to the cops and the judge has a hell of a lot of leeway as well in the punishment phase.

I hope the right thing does get done and a strong message gets sent. We have seen and are seeing way too many instances of crap like this going on in our nations police departments, by the very people we trusted to enforce our laws and way to much covering up of these incidents by the people who are supposed to be policing the police. 

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