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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