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McCain and Kyl Make Statement on Botched Sex Crimes Cases


It’s been a rough week for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A recent review of investigative records show his office botched more than 400 sex crime investigations in the city of El Mirage.

And in some cases, the victims were children.

Arpaio apologized to the victims -- but now, Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl are speaking out.

They released a joint statement saying in part: “Victims of abuse not only deserve the respect of law enforcement, but their rights must also be protected throughout the criminal justice process. We intend to support state and local authorities' requests for any additional assets from the Justice Department that are necessary to properly investigate and prosecute these and other cases.”

The sheriff's office responded to the statement -- saying they appreciate the offer of assistance.

Meanwhile, Arizona officials continue to call for Sheriff Joe's resignation. Those who are on record with the sentiment are: Congressman Raul Grijalva, Congressman Ed Pastor, Rep. Katie Hobbs, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Daniel Patterson, Rep. Chad Campbell, Rep. Catherine Miranda, Rep. Tom Chabin, Sen. David Schapira, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

The town of Guadalupe was planning to join the call asking the Sheriff to step down Thursday night, but apparently got cold feet.

"I think he's always focused his resources on going after the people in car washes and restaurants. Does it take a tough man to arrest a cook or someone drying off a car? No it takes a strong a tough man to go after the drug dealers and child predators... he just doesn't have the backbone," says former Guadalupe mayor Rebecca Jimenez.

The council apparently pulled the agenda item.

"We understand there's at least 3 council members supporting this. The mayor may have been concerned about retaliation... if the sheriff was to cancel their contract, they'd have nowhere else to go for safety, security, patrol," says community activist Randy Parraz.

FOX 10's Andrew Hasbun has more.

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