Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on Saturday denied allegations that he and his attorney threatened to deport a Mexican former boyfriend of Babeu's unless the man agreed not to disclose the relationship.
Babeu said the allegations are "completely false" and that the only information mentioned in a Phoenix New Times
article that's true is "I'm gay."
"This was the way, the hook of how this could be brought out (his sexuality) and to malign and attack a sheriff who does stand for conservative principles," said Babeu at a press conference outside his department's headquarters in Florence.
The sheriff acknowledged he had a relationship with "Jose," the man who made the allegations to the New Times
. The alternative weekly's online story was accompanied by photos of Babeu with a man it identified as "Jose.".