COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa admits in a video sent to Sheriff's Office employees over the weekend that he "engaged in inappropriate behavior in the past" and apologizes, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday.
In the video, leaked to the Gazette by a sheriff's office employee, Maketa also reiterated that he does not intend to step down as a result of his behavior.
"I come before you embarrassed and humbled by the events of last week," Maketa said in the video, referring to demands for his resignation after Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints by Sheriff's Office commanders and a deputy of alleged sexual impropriety, discrimination, budget improprieties and a hostile work environment.
A cellphone video of the sheriff's video was recorded by the unnamed employee and given to the Gazette, the newspaper said. KRDO TV also obtained a copy of the video.
The Gazette first broke the story that Maketa was accused by subordinates of having sexual relationships with several female employees. Maketa threatened to take legal action against the Gazette if they printed the story but the newspaper did publish the story, adding it obtained more than 500 emails and text messages from Maketa to one employee, including a cellphone "selfie" of Maketa in a bathroom with the message, "Wish you were with me."
Watch the video, with subtitles, at the Gazette.com: http://bit.ly/1uaPALW