DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado sheriff has surrendered after he was indicted on charges including extortion, false imprisonment, second-degree kidnapping and official misconduct.
Terry Maketa, who resigned in 2014 from his post in El Paso County, was indicted along with former Undersheriff Paula Presley and former sheriff's commander Juan San Agustin.
Gilpin County sheriff's spokeswoman Cherokee Blake said Maketa surrendered early Thursday and was released after posting $10,000 bond. The other two surrendered shortly after the indictments were issued on Wednesday and were also released on bond.
Maketa and Presley are accused of threatening to terminate a contract with a company if the company didn't fire an employee.
Maketa, Presley and San Augustin also are accused of coercing a woman who was involved in a domestic dispute with a deputy to recant her story. The woman was then arrested.
According to an 11-page indictment, Maketa told a woman in 2013 that "she needed to come in to the Sheriff's Office and do another interview and tell investigators that she instigated the incident in order to allow (the deputy) to get his job back."
The woman, who worked for a company that provided medical services at the county jail, consented, was arrested and spent more than 24 hours in custody.
According to the indictment, the detectives on the case said they did not believe they had probable cause to arrest the woman but did so under orders from their superiors. San Agustin was among those who ordered her arrest.
Maketa and Presley also are accused of threatening to terminate a $5 million contract with the medical services company if it did not fire an employee who documented what she said were inappropriate comments made to her by a sheriff's commander.
The woman, who was not identified, was fired in 2013.
Several sheriff's office employees also were investigated and threatened in connection with the 2013 disappearance of an internal affairs file for Bill Elder, a deputy who was running for sheriff and has since been elected, prosecutors say.
Presley later acknowledged that the file was at her home.
Maketa spent 27 years with the sheriff's department, 12 of those as its leader.