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Briefing to focus on issues in Arpaio’s office

In this file photo from Dec. 5, 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference in Phoenix. Arpaio faces a Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 deadline for telling the U.S. Justice Department whether he will cooperate in overhauling his agency in response a federal civil rights report that accuses the sheriff's office of civil rights violations. In mid-December, Arpaio was given 60 days by the Justice Department to reach an agreement to fix the alleged violations. The Justice Department says it will file a lawsuit against Arpaio if it isn't satisfied with his response. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In this file photo from Dec. 5, 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference in Phoenix. Arpaio faces a Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 deadline for telling the U.S. Justice Department whether he will cooperate in overhauling his agency in response a federal civil rights report that accuses the sheriff's office of civil rights violations. In mid-December, Arpaio was given 60 days by the Justice Department to reach an agreement to fix the alleged violations. The Justice Department says it will file a lawsuit against Arpaio if it isn't satisfied with his response. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Maricopa County officials will get briefed Tuesday on a federal civil rights case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office and hundreds of sex-crimes cases that the sheriff’s office didn’t inadequately investigate.

The Board of Supervisors will be updated on these and other sheriff’s by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

The U.S. Justice Department has accused Arpaio’s office of a wide range of civil rights violations.

Arpaio denies the allegations and says the Justice Department investigation is politically motivated.

The sheriff’s office also is facing criticism more than 400 sex-crimes investigations — including dozens of alleged child molestations — that hadn’t been investigated adequately or weren’t examined at all over a three-year period ending in 2007.

Arpaio apologized for the botched cases, reopened 432 sex-crimes investigations and made 19 arrests.

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  1. eLatinaVoices gave public comments at the County Board of Supervisors on the 432 uninvestigated sex crime cases. Interesting was that Sheriff Deputy Sheridan reported only 15 uninvestigated cases, even though the Sheriff’s Special Crime Victims Unit gave us a copy of the audit that states there were 432. Hard to know the truth…but what we do know for a fact is that El Mirage had 32 uninvestigated sex crime cases the Sheriff turned over to them and the City of Guadalupe had 17. The facts do not add up. Why?

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