Former Sheriff Terry Maketa turns himself in

Posted at 12:54 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 22:45:20-04

Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa turned himself into authorities Thursday morning, after a Grand Jury indicted him on multiple charges Wednesday.

Maketa bonded out about three hours after he turned himself in, according to Cherokee Blake with the Gilpin County Sheriff's Office. His bond was set at $10,000.

Back in 2014, Maketa was accused of having sexual relationships with subordinates, treating employees in an abusive manner and dismantling oversight of the office budget.

Maketa was indicted on charges of extortion, tampering with a witness or victim, second-degree kidnapping, false imprisonment, official misconduct and other counts.

Two other former employees of the sheriff's department are also facing charges.

Undersheriff Paula Presley was indicted on the same charges as Maketa.

Former Commander Juan San Agustin was indicted on charges of second-degree kidnapping and false imprisonment.

The indictment states Maketa and Presley pressured a deputy's girlfriend to change her story in a domestic violence case. On August 12, 2013, the woman and deputy were involved in a domestic violence attack that left her with a "swollen face and bruising to her arm." 

The victim, an employee working for Correctional Healthcare Companies at the El Paso County Jail, reported the incident the following day and the deputy was arrested for assault. The documents show the investigation revealed the victim was "punched, pushed and shoved... at one point causing [her] to see stars."

The indictment also shows the deputy was ultimately terminated, but then nearly a month later on September 11, 2013, Maketa told the woman over the phone she needed to come to the sheriff's office and tell investigators she "instigated the incident" so the deputy could get his job back.

The woman reported to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and followed the instructions of Maketa and Presley, documents show. During the interview, she stated she was attempting to help her still-boyfriend by consenting to the interview at the request of the department's leaders. The woman, despite being previously told she wouldn't be arrested, was arrested for domestic violence, harassment and driving under the influence and was ultimately booked into jail.

During the course of the investigation that followed, the indictment states Maketa, Presley and former Commander Juan San Agustin all worked together to press the case forward despite others within the department raising concerns the arrest was not lawful and there was never blood or breath tested performed during the "crime."

"These charges are class four felonies, class four felonies carry anywhere from 2 to 6 years in prison," 18th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney, Mark Hurlbert, said during a news conference Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening, Denver7 learned Presley had turned herself in at the Pueblo Jail but bonded out before the end of the night.

San Agustin turned himself into the Teller County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning, posted bond and was released within an hour, according to our partners at The Denver Post.

Presley and San Agustin also had their bonds set at $10,000, according to the Post.

The indictment also states Maketa and Presley threatened to end a $5.2 million contract with Correctional Healthcare Companies because an employee there refused to run Presley's campaign for sheriff.

The charges for all three come one-and-a-half years after Maketa left his post as Sheriff on Dec. 31, 2014.

He was term-limited and normally would have left office in the middle of January, except that he filed retirement paperwork naming New Year's Eve as his last day.

“The public should remember that an indictment is merely a list of allegations and that our criminal justice system only works if we presume those indicted innocent of those allegations at this stage of the proceedings," said District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District, George Brauchler.

IN-DEPTH: Read the full indictment by clicking this link