Curry County official questions assault report delay

Aug 27, 2012

A Curry County Commissioner wants to know why county officials said a report about a jail assault was just being started when it appeared to have been nearly complete.

Commissioner Robert Sandoval says he believes there's been a "huge cover-up" surrounding the report of the June 27 assault.

County Attorney Steve Doerr had claimed the report was ordered after the county was threatened with a lawsuit two days after inmate Jaime Perez was assaulted by another inmate. He claimed it was therefore protected by attorney-client privilege.

But emails sent that same day show jail Capt. Keith Farkas told County Manager Lance Pyle he was nearly finished with the investigation and report. The emails were obtained by the Clovis News Journal under a public records request.