Sheriff Babeu cleared in abuse of power probe

Sheriff Babeu cleared in abuse of power probe

CREATED Aug. 31, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

PHOENIX (AP) - Paul Babeu has been cleared in an investigation into whether he abused his authority as sheriff of Pinal County.
   
State Solicitor General Dave Cole said Friday that Babeu has committed no criminal violations and will not be charged in the case.
   
Babeu had asked the Attorney General's Office earlier this year to look into claims made by his former boyfriend, Jose Orozco, that Babeu threatened him with deportation.
   
Babeu also had accused Orozco of property and identity theft in his handling of Babeu's Twitter account and other websites. Cole cleared Orozco as well.
   
Cole oversaw the investigation to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest on the part of Attorney General Tom Horne.

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