4 deputies subjects of investigations

Sheriff's Office reassigns them, asks other agencies to do criminal probes

Three law enforcement agencies have been investigating criminal allegations against four Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies.

YCSO Lt. James Jarrell confirmed on Tuesday that law enforcement agencies other than YCSO are investigating criminal allegations against three male deputies and a female deputy who apparently were involved in three separate incidents that occurred in Yavapai County.

"They (employees) have been temporarily re-assigned," Jarrell said.

He said the Flagstaff Police Department (FPD), the Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Yavapai-Apache Tribal Police (YATP) either have completed those investigations or are currently working on them.

Jarrell said the investigations are separate from the internal affairs investigations that YCSO is conducting. The internal affairs investigations in two cases are complete and the YCSO Incident Review Board and the YCSO Conduct Review Board will review and give its recommendations within the next six weeks.

Jarrell said criminal and administrative investigations may produce the same conclusions. "But we have different concerns and different roles," he said. "The actions obviously are going to differ."

The CCSO investigation

Jarrell said the incident that the Coconino County Sheriff's Office investigated occurred in January.

CCSO Lt. Rex Gilliland said his office completed the investigation that involved a male deputy. Gilliland said it was "a domestic situation."

"The case had been forwarded back to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office because it is in its jurisdiction and my understanding is they referred it to the Coconino County Attorney's Office," he said.

Jarrell said the charges that the deputy in this case may be facing include assault per domestic violence and threatening and intimidating per domestic violence.

Jarrell said ultimately in all cases the County Attorney's Office will decide on final charges, which may be different than the initial ones.

He said an administrative charge also is pending against another employee in this case for failure to notify chain of command. He said that employee also is involved in the case that FPD investigated.

The FPD investigation

Jarrell said the Flagstaff Police Department also concluded the investigation and forwarded its results to the Coconino County Attorney's Office to determine whether it is going to prosecute.

"We are waiting to hear from the Coconino County Attorney's Office," he said. "They've had those two cases for about two weeks."

Jarrell said this incident happened in February and it involves two deputies investigated in connection with an assault and disorderly conduct.

The YATP investigation

Yavapai Apache Tribal Police are investigating an incident that occurred on April 23 at the Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, said Kim Secakuku, the tribe's spokeswoman.

She said the tribal police are investigating the incident because it happened on tribal land.

"Since the facility is tribally owned and is on the tribal land, the Yavapai-Apache Police have jurisdiction," she said. "No arrests were made."

She said the police declined to divulge the deputy's name as well as details of the incident because officers still are investigating the case. In addition, because the tribe is a sovereign nation, it has discretion to withhold information that otherwise would be public record. Jarrell said it involves a disorderly conduct incident.

Secakuku said once officers complete the investigation, they will forward the case to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for that office's decision on whether to prosecute.

She said the reason for that approach is because the deputy is non-Indian.

Further information in all of the cases, including the names of the deputies, was unavailable at press time.

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