El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa,Â one of the most powerfulÂ Republican officials in southern Colorado, standsÂ accused of a long listÂ of ethical violations,Â according to a bombshell article by Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Dave Philipps:
Maketa allegedly has had sexual relationships with three female subordinates for years, traveling with them using public funds, promoting them to top jobs despite objections from commanders and threatening anyone he suspected of mentioning the relationships, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Gazette.
Both Maketa and the three subordinatesÂ deny the allegations. They have yet to addressÂ theÂ shirtless selfieÂ (sent from Maketaâs phone number to Sheriffâs Office comptroller Dorene Cardarelle along with the message âWish you were with meâ) and salacious text messages such as this one:
âI think often about touching kissing and licking every inch of your amazing body,â said a message dated 1:48 a.m. Jan. 4, 2009, from Maketaâs phone number that is typical of the exchanges with Cardarelle.
An independent digital forensics expert confirmed that the messages obtained by The Gazette originated from Cardarelleâs email account on county computer servers.
Tiffany Huntz, a former nude model and one-time operator of a home-based sex toy business, is one of the subordinatesÂ with whom Maketa is accused of having a sexual relationship. She has a Twitter feed but has not tweeted about theÂ controversy as yet.
IfÂ the allegations areÂ true, Maketa will likely face heavy pressure toÂ resign: