Deputy Sean Pearce Still Being Probed by Glendale Prosecutors Over Fatal Crash

The Glendale City Prosecutor's Office continues to probe the actions of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sean Pearce months after County Attorney Bill Montgomery declined to prosecute.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Sean Pearce is still under investigation by city prosecutors in connection with his speed-related crash that killed a man in December, New Times has learned.

The job of the City Prosecutor's Office is to prosecute people for misdemeanor crimes, meaning that Pearce, the son of disgraced GOP politician Russell Pearce, apparently still faces some criminal charges despite an announcement in June by County Attorney Bill Montgomery that Pearce was off the hook.

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Sidebar: In Book, Ex-Arpaio Aide Sticks to Weak Story on Campaign-Conspiracy Allegations

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Roughly simultaneous to his feud with the county, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had been fighting one of the biggest scandals of his time in office - the so-called SCA campaign-finance debacle.

The scandal involved a secret organization, sometimes known as the Sheriff's Command Association, and corresponding slush fund. Retired Executive Chief Brian Sands, whose new book about his 30 years in the Sheriff's Office is detailed in this week's New Times, donated to the fund with automatic payroll deductions. So did former Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Deputy Chiefs Scott Freeman, Frank Munnell and Jesse Locksa, and another man in Arpaio's inner circle, Larry Black a former deputy chief rehired as a civilian.

Steve Ellman, a local developer who was friends with Sands and Black, and several other millionaires dumped $105,000 into the fund.

In clandestine meetings with a Republican Party consultant, Black and Fox -- with Hendershott on at least one occasion -- handed over two checks totaling $105,000 as donations to the state GOP.

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Parade of Fools: Brian Sands Can't Distance Himself From the Bad Acts Detailed in His Book

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Four years ago, when actor Steven Seagal found himself in need of a publicity-hungry, big-city law enforcement agency to help him shoot a reality TV series, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the welcome mat.

The controversial six-term sheriff hooked up the wannabe cop with Executive Chief Brian Sands, a 30-year Sheriff's Office employee and one of Arpaio's closest and most loyal commanders.

But Sands relates in his controversial book self-published in August that getting assigned to babysit the has-been movie star was another humiliation in a career marred by similar Arpaio-flavored antics.

Sidebar: In Book, Ex-Arpaio Aide Sticks to Weak Story on Campaign-Conspiracy Allegations

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Jerry Sheridan, MCSO Chief Deputy, Considers Legal Options After Slurs by Ex-Deputy Chief

Jerry Sheridan, chief deputy for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, is said to be contemplating his legal options following the release of an ex-deputy chief's gossip-filled book.

Sheridan didn't call New Times back after we called him for comment before printing Friday's article about the newly released book by former veteran deputy Brian Sands, but Sheriff Joe Arpaio's spokeswoman, Lisa Allen, did.

Sheridan "has contacted an attorney," Allen tells us. "He is looking to find out if there's a case here about his reputation [being] defamed."

Of particular concern to Sheridan are statements by Sands that allege apparent bigotry.

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Joe Arpaio's Top Man, Jerry Sheridan, Described as a Bigot in Ex-Deputy's Book

Brian Sands, a former top-ranking deputy under Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, describes Arpaio's current chief deputy as a bigot in a new, dirt-dishing book.

Our colleague Stephen Lemons first brought you news of Sands' book on Saturday. We ordered a copy for ourselves, and the typo-ridden, apparently self-published, 177-page book arrived in the mail yesterday. We'll be covering what it says over the next week or two. Today, we take a look at Chapter 1, in which Sands begins a Sheridan-bash that continues until the last chapter.

Sands also blasts his former boss in the first chapter as someone who's more interested in self-aggrandizement than his own deputies. Sheridan, a white man, is criticized heavily for his views on other ethnic persuasions. And Frank Munnell, the commander who exposed shady dealings of some of Arpaio's top brass in 2010, is also described as being extremely insensitive to minorities.

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Maricopa County Paying $10K to Burglar Who Alleged Jail Guards Stood by During Beating

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Another day, another payout by taxpayers for a screw-up in the Maricopa County Jail.

The county has paid millions to victims of jail staff over the years, but the problem seems never-ending.

In this case, a career burglar who ordinarily wouldn't deserve a dime from taxpayers is receiving a $10,000 settlement after he accused jail detention officers of failing to help while he was being beat up by another inmate.

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The Company You Keep: Sheriff Joe Is One Step Removed From Vladimir Putin

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Arpaio and Seagal in 2012.

They say you're only as good as the company you keep.

Action star Steven Seagal likes to keep company with some of the world's so-called tough guys. His television show Steven Seagal: Lawman sprang from his friendships with two nationally famous sheriffs: Louisiana's Harry Lee and our own blowhard, Sheriff Joe. But the star seems to be taking his bromances to a new, international level.

Seagal's latest buddy is none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. The actor was quoted on a Russian television station in June as saying, "I'm Russian, I love Russia, I love Russian people, and I love your president." The two reportedly share a love of martial arts. But it seems Seagal's support (surprise, surprise!) also extends to Putin's politics.

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MCSO Laundry Worker Accused of Leaking Sensitive Info to "Anti-Government" Author

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A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employee is accused of leaking sensitive law-enforcement documents to a person the agency describes as an "anti-government" author.

The employee, Joseph Asarisi, shouldn't have had access to such documents, because he's not even a law-enforcement officer -- he's been doing laundry for the Sheriff's Office for the past 11 years.

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Emma Lovett, Home-Porn Girl, and Mounted MCSO Deputies - Together at Last

Emma Lovett gets some love from an MCSO mounted deputy.
Home-based porn girl Emma Lovett appears to be enjoyed by at least one mounted Maricopa Sheriff's Office deputy in a Fourth of July Twitter pic.

"Peace," officer!

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's PAC Gets Donations From Former Suns' Owner, Others

A Paul Babeu selfie you won't see in the sheriff solicitations for campaign funds.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu raised about $26,000 in the first five months of the year for his political action committee dubbed "Paul Babeu for Arizona."

You might wonder who's donating to the border hawk Republican who derailed his own Congressional campaign by sending half-naked photos of himself and sexually charged text messages to an anonymous man, and posting an online profile on a hook-up site for gay men -- which included his penis size and what sexual positions he prefers?

(And who can forget the allegations leveled against Babeu by his former lover, a Mexican national who claimed that Babeu threatened to deport him is he revealed the sheriff was gay.)

On his list of donors -- Jim Click, owner of auto dealerships in southern Arizona, donated $1,000; political consultant Jason Rose chipped in $2,500; former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo was good for $1,000; and Matt Benson, former Arizona Republic reporter and spokesman for Governor Jan Brewer, kicked in $100.

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