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Immigrant ex-boyfriend files $1M claim against Babeu

In this Feb. 20, 2012 photo, Pinal County Sheriff Sheriff Paul Babeu, left, is interviewed by KPNX reporter William Pitts at the Mesa Arts Center, in Mesa, Ariz. On Saturday, Babeu's conservative image took a beating as he was forced to confirm publicly that he is gay and was involved in a relationship with a Mexican immigrant who claims the sheriff threatened to have him deported if he revealed their relationship. There are questions, many of them, about Babeu and his "choices" and judgment, about whether the sheriff may have somehow abused his power. Yet voters, Republican voters in particular, are also asking some intriguing questions of themselves, about acceptance and identity and values, about what really matters most to them. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

A Mexican immigrant who had a romantic relationship with an Arizona sheriff has filed a $1 million notice of claim against the sheriff and the county.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials say the precursor to a lawsuit was received by their office Monday, but they declined further comment.

Last month, Sheriff Paul Babeu announced that he’s gay and once had a relationship with Jose Orozco while the immigrant was a campaign volunteer.

Orozco has accused Babeu of threatening to deport him if he revealed their relationship. Babeu has denied any wrongdoing and has asked for an independent investigation into the matter.

The Arizona Republic says Orozco’s claim creates new complexities for Babeu, who’s completing his first term as sheriff and is running for a congressional seat in Arizona’s conservative 4th District.

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