EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The former sheriff of El Paso County Terry Maketa has filed an intent to sue for defamation against several people, including current Sheriff Bill Elder.
Dave Rose with El Paso County confirmed that attorneys are asking for payouts of up to $10 million each for Maketa, former Undersheriff Paula Presley and former Commander Juan "John" San Agustin.
Notices were served to more than 30 individuals, including current Sheriff Bill Elder, District Attorney Dan May, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, and the top official in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
“This is not a lawsuit. This is nothing more than a letter threatening to sue members of this office," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman, who handles lawsuit claims against the District Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District. "We commonly receive letters from people threatening to sue us for the job we do as prosecutors."
Maketa, Presley, and San Agustin were indicted in May. Maketa is accused of having inappropriate relationships with three female subordinates, who he later promoted in the sheriff's office.
Maketa and Presley are each charged with six felonies and San Agustin faces two felony counts.
The El Paso County refused to comment.