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Immigrant Files $1M Claim Against Arizona Sheriff

Tuesday Mar 6, 2012
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A Mexican immigrant who had a romantic relationship with an Arizona sheriff has filed a $1 million notice of claim against the sheriff and the county.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials say the precursor to a lawsuit was received by their office Monday, but they declined further comment.

Last month, Sheriff Paul Babeu (BAB’-yoo) announced that he’s gay and once had a relationship with Jose Orozco while the immigrant was a campaign volunteer.

Orozco has accused Babeu of threatening to deport him if he revealed their relationship. Babeu has denied any wrongdoing and has asked for an independent investigation into the matter.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/zEuqO4) says Orozco’s claim creates new complexities for Babeu, who’s completing his first term as sheriff and is running for a congressional seat in Arizona’s conservative 4th District.

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  • Anonymous, 2012-03-06 13:53:57

    Officers like Babeu are an embarrassment to the badge. Guys like him need to grow a pair and accept the fact that that are gay and get over it. He is so typical gay republican: ashamed of himself and perfectly at ease towing the anti-gay republican line and willing (apparently) to lie and coerce to keep his true self under wraps.


  • YesISaidIt!, 2012-03-08 17:53:02

    Babeu is no villain but to use a threat like that to protect his secret lifestyle is really twisted. Who does that to someone they care for?


  • YesISaidIt!, 2012-03-08 17:53:51

    Babeu is no villain but to use a threat like that to protect his secret lifestyle is really twisted. Who does that to someone they care for?


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