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.