Outed Gay Sheriff Under Federal Investigation

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu has been surrounded by controversy ever since a former boyfriend outed him as gay, claiming Babeu threatened to have him deported if he revealed any details of their relationship. Babeu has disputed this version of events. Since then, Babeu has been under intense scrutiny: his sister and several former students at DeSisto school in Massachusetts claim that he maintained an abusive school environment and dated a 17-year-old student under his care.

Babeu was running for the House of Representatives at the time, and has refused to resign from the race as a result of the scandal – although he did resign from his position in the Romney campaign. Surprisingly, his being outed as gay hasn’t been a big issue for his core supporters.

Now, Babeu’s office is under federal investigation. It’s alleged that he used public resources to fund his political campaign – and he’s not cooperating with requests to provide evidence.

On March 14, he was asked to provide several documents, emails, files, and copies of computer hard drives and servers from the office. He refused to turn over two laptops in particular which he claims contain “sensitive law enforcement information.” There’s also questions about whether his office purposely purged emails after the requests for evidence in order to cover up unlawful campaign activities.

Babeu has declined to discuss the issue with the press, and has announced he’s hiring an attorney to advise him in the case.

 

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34 comments

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Lilithe Magdalene

Or should I say closeted gay... he's an out Republican! LOL!

Lilithe Magdalene

More closet Republicans - are we surprised?

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance4 years ago

"Surprisingly, his being outed as gay hasn’t been a big issue for his core supporters." --- LMAO! So when did Republican/Teabaggers start supporting gays rather than castigating them?

". . . claim that he maintained an abusive school environment and dated a 17-year-old student under his care. . . . " --- Further indications that he is all about power and control, and can't be trusted.

". . . alleged that he used public resources to fund his political campaign – . . . " --- This is the reason for the investigation and if there is sufficient evidence, then he should go to trial and Battle Ax Brewer should keep her mouth shut and hands away from the case.

This morally bankrupt idiot has to be put in his place --- a nice dark prison cell --- for stealing from the public purse and sexually abusing a minor. Republican/Teabaggers are such hypocrites!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia4 years ago

normally i get angry at people getting outed but this asshole deserved it, every community has someone who makes us look bad and this guy is it

Past Member
Past Member 4 years ago

Is it awful that it always annoys me more when people in my particular minority groups as dirtbags? I just feel like 'STOP LETTING DOWN THE TEAM!'

Lauren B.

Yes, Virginia, even gay people are sometimes jerks.

Michael M.
Michael M.4 years ago

Don't care if he is gay. I do care about the fact he's your typical gop dirt bag :p

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V.4 years ago

A Gay man, NO surprise. A closet Gay that is also a Republican, again NO surprise. A crooked Closet Gay that is also a Republican, once AGAIN, NO surprise. They give true meaning to the word HYPOCRITE!!!