Two officers assaulted while making an arrest at a music concert last year have filed an FBI complaint against a Pinal County Sheriff's Office lieutenant who tried to get the suspect cleared of the charges.
PCSO detective Andrew Goode and Department of Public Safety officer Hugh Grant filed the complaint with the FBI on Monday.
They claim sheriff's Lt. Blake King abused his power to help get charges dropped against Ronald Keys who assaulted Goode and Grant as they arrested Keys' wife for flashing her breasts at the Country Thunder music concert in Florence.
Goode and Grant were both hospitalized because of their injuries.
The ABC15 Investigators uncovered gaps in the sheriff's office investigation. We discovered no independent eyewitnesses were interviewed at the scene and that police reports weren't completed up to five months after the incident.
We also obtained an e-mail written by Lt. King to the county attorney's office that asked for Ronald Keys' arrested to be "cleared" just hours after the assault.
Keys was never prosecuted because of how the investigation was handled.
Records show that the arrest was made a campground outside the concert that is run by Tucson police officers. In fact, our investigation also uncovered that Keys parents are retired Tucson officers.
The campground is known as "Camp T****** and Beer." The officers who run the camp also refer to some employees at PCSO "friends," according to police records.
Lt. Blake King was a former Chandler police patrol officer who was hired by Babeu once he took office. He was immediately promoted and assigned to be an executive officer for Babeu.
Lt. King now oversees a patrol region in the north-central part of the county.
Goode and Grant have also filed a lawsuit against the sheriff's office and the county.