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D.A.'s office urged to open criminal probe of EPC sheriff

County attorney's office documents claim of criminal conduct

Criminal Probe Becoming More Likely for EPC Sheriff

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The ongoing investigation into wrongdoing by El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa intensified Saturday with the development of a possible criminal investigation of Maketa's office.

A county spokesman confirmed that Diana May, the county's senior assistant attorney, sent a letter Tuesday to District Attorney Dan May, calling for him to actively pursue a criminal probe.

Diana May, who is in charge of investigating accusations of workplace misconduct in the Sheriff's Office, said she has found unspecified allegations of criminal conduct, as well.  She said she doesn't want a criminal probe to be delayed by her investigation.

May expected to turn her findings over to the district attorney's office this week.  That office so far has not said when, or if, a criminal probe will begin.

In a letter Friday replying to Diana May, Dan May said his intent always has been for any criminal information to reach the proper agency.  He also said the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and an unidentified agency will review all information provided.

A criminal investigation is what county commissioners have sought and they say it might have been avoided had Maketa resigned from office as they asked.

"We do not want to see these kinds of things happen again," said Commissioner Amy Lathen.  "We are talking to our outside legal counsel about these things.  But we have a responsibility to protect this county, and we're going to do it.  This is certainly a distraction.  It's frustrating."

The sheriff's office did not respond to a request from KRDO NewsChannel 13 to comment on the situation.

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