Former sheriff's supervisors deny charges in corruption case

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two former El Paso County sheriff's supervisors have pleaded not guilty in a wide-ranging corruption case.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports former undersheriff Paula Presley and former commander Juan "John" San Agustin, who entered their pleas Monday, were indicted in May 2016 after a probe by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Former sheriff Terry Maketa also was indicted.

The three 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.

Maketa and Presley also are accused of threatening to terminate a contract with a company if the company didn't fire an employee.

Maketa's trial is scheduled to start May 31, and Presley and San Agustin will be tried later in the year.

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