Tim Gustafson

Tim Gustafson poses with his wife, Debbie, at World of Life Church in Mesa, where they are associate pastors.

FLORENCE — A Gold Canyon man who said he’ll be a candidate for sheriff alleged he has evidence that Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb sends pornographic pictures and videos of himself to women, a felony in Arizona.

Tim Gustafson, who said he’ll be running as a Republican, suggested to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Wednesday that the county give notice of the situation to its insurance carrier. He continued that it’s a situation of a man in power committing a crime and intimidating the victim not to file a complaint.

“He poked a finger in her face and told her to stop complaining,” Gustafson said of Lamb, and added Lamb has been “disfellowshipped” from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gustafson, 69, is an associate pastor at Word of Life, a nondenominational church in Mesa.

Gustafson presented items to the board he says support his claims, which he made earlier when he announced his candidacy. The sheriff did not return phone calls earlier from PinalCentral seeking comment on Gustafson’s claims.

William Hubbard, of Chandler, told the board that four years ago, the Sheriff’s Office was “a self-serving, corrupt organization” and everyone looked forward to a new start under a new sheriff. But the county is in “the exact same situation” today.

Supervisors Chairman Anthony Smith, R-Maricopa, said the board supports free speech rights but asked county staff if there are limits to the content that can be brought before the board in public. Deputy County Attorney Chris Keller said he would be happy to look into it and provide a memo to the board or discuss it in closed-door session.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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