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Attorneys for Babeu's ex-lover deny charges

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Attorneys for the ex-lover of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's called a news conference Thursday, but Jose Orozco, the man who accused Babeu of threatening to deport him if he went public about their relationship, was a no-show.

Only his attorneys spoke, and they didn't take any questions from reporters.

The sheriff, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, has admitted he had a relationship with his former campaign volunteer, but said Orozco is making up the threat.

Babeu said Orozco was fired for illegally accessing Babeu's campaign website.

Orozco's attorney, Adnan Horan, said that's not true and that his client adamantly denies the charge.

The state solicitor general is investigating claims from both sides.

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