Undocumented Ex-Lover of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu Says Babeu Threatened Him With Deportation

Feb 18, 2012
4:07 pm

The Phoenix New Times reported on Thursday a very detailed and explosive story  about Pinal County Sheriff and Republican congressional candidate Paul Babeu, who earned national status for his stance on immigration and Arizona border security, that claims that Babeu's ex-lover, an undocumented man from Mexico, was threatened with deportation if he were to ever publicly disclose his relationship with Babeu.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his former lover

The New Times story is over 4 web pages long and contains very detailed information about the alleged relationship. Here is the overall summary:

The 34-year-old from central Mexico charges that the sheriff's lawyer warned against mentioning the affair with Babeu. DeRose said gossip about Babeu would focus attention on Jose, attention that could result in his deportation, Jose says.

Melissa Weiss-Riner, Jose's attorney, confirms her client's account.

She says she spoke directly to the sheriff's lawyer, DeRose, about the Babeu camp's threats that Jose could be deported if he "revealed the relationship." She says DeRose falsely claimed that Jose's visa had expired.

"Jose came to our firm because he felt he was being intimidated, and he was in fear for his life," Weiss-Riner says. "He wanted his legal rights protected."

Babeu didn't respond to requests for comment by publication time for this article, but his attorney, DeRose, says the dispute between Jose and the sheriff concerned Jose's work on Babeu's websites. He says Jose was a former volunteer who hacked into a campaign website.


A local report out of Phoenix reports more of the details

On Saturday, Babeu stepped down as the Arizona co-chairman for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, and the @AZCapitolTimes tweeted that Babeu is denying all the allegations except for the fact that he is gay.