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Babeu completes 6-month probe of MCSO

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (File Photo)

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (File Photo)

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says a six-month investigation into alleged misconduct by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has been completed. However, Babeu says his office is prohibited by law from releasing any details of the probe.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Wednesday that a six-month investigation into alleged misconduct by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has been completed, but his office is prohibited by law from releasing any details of the probe.

Babeu was asked in September to investigate allegations against Maricopa County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Deputy Chief Larry Black and Capt. Joel Fox.

The administrative investigation was prompted by a memo by Deputy Chief Frank Munnell.

The memo alleges that Hendershott created a hostile work environment for sheriff’s employees and that Hendershott, Black and Fox attempted to tamper with witnesses and destroy evidence in a state attorney general’s investigation into a group that funded an attack ad against one of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s political opponents in 2008.

Babeu, who had a four-hour meeting Wednesday with Arpaio and turned over the 1,022-page report, said Arpaio now needs to digest the findings and make his own determination regarding his recommendations.

Hendershott and Maricopa sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa Allen declined to comment on the report.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said it cannot comment on the report until the matter is dealt with by Arpaio’s office.

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