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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 4:11 pm | Updated: 3:28 pm, Thu Aug 11, 2011.

Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock knew his wife was sexually abusing a teenage boy in the weeks leading up to her arrest, according to a 26-page final report issued by the Chandler Police Department.

Brock had previously issued statements saying he was “flabbergasted” after learning of the allegations against his wife Susan and indicated he knew nothing of her actions until after her arrest.

But the police report details two incidents that indicate Brock was aware of what was taking place:

• On Oct. 12 or 13 of 2010, Bishop Matthew Meyers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints informed Brock that his wife had admitted performing oral sex on the boy on at least two occasions.

• And a letter dated Oct. 19 that police say was written by Fulton Brock details his plans on how to deal with the then-alleged crimes.

Susan Brock, 49, was arrested Oct. 26 and earlier this month was sentenced to 13 years in prison on three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. Police said she began a three-year relationship with the boy when he was 13 years old.

The police report said: “The statement Mr. Brock made of being ‘completely in the dark’ is inconsistent with that given by (church bishops). ... Although Mr. Brock authoring this letter may not rise to the level of probable cause, it does refute his statement that he did not learn of his wife’s relationship with the victim until Oct. 26, 2010.”

Jason Rose, a spokesman for Fulton Brock, told the Tribune on Wednesday that Brock did not know the magnitude of the relationship between the boy and his now estranged wife until details emerged after her arrest.

“Absolutely, that was the case,” Rose said. “The issue was that Susan Brock was not honest with her husband or her family.”

According to the police report, a note that Chandler police confiscated from Susan Brock’s vehicle the day she was arrested was signed by Fulton Brock and analyzed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s crime lab.

The words on the note included: “Intake treatment, SLC goal”; “Avoiding prison goal”; “Putting life (in) order, keeping family together”; “Mentally insane defense.” A question written on the note asked whether there was “any sexual felony difference” between intercourse and oral sex with a minor.

On the day of Susan Brock’s arrest, Fulton Brock said he didn’t want to say anything that would implicate his wife, and told an officer, “My wife is a very talented person, but has a lot of hangups,” according to the report.

Mormon Church officials became aware of the allegations in October of 2009 when the Brocks and the victim’s family met to discuss allegations of sexual relations. However, Susan Brock denied having any sexual activity with the boy and during the meeting Fulton Brock took back an iPhone that police said Susan had bought for the boy and used to send sexually charged text messages.

Fulton Brock later hid the phone in a lockbox in his home. One year later, police confiscated the phone during a search warrant at the time of Susan Brock’s arrest. According to the report, Fulton Brock initially told police he didn’t know where the phone was, but after they searched the home for 45 minutes he handed it over.

The Mormon church became involved again in October 2010 when the victim’s girlfriend intercepted a sexually-charged text message Susan Brock sent to the boy. The girlfriend brought it to the attention of her parents, who then told the boy’s parents about it. According to prosecutors, the boy’s parents then told a fellow parishioner in the church. LDS spokesperson Kim Farah said the church then took steps within the law, and with those involved, to facilitate reporting the allegations to police.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office is continuing to investigate as hearings for two others involved in the case are progressing through court.

Rachel Brock, the Brocks’ 22-year-old daughter, has been indicted by a grand jury on five counts of sexual conduct with the same boy and furnishing harmful materials to a minor. Court records allege she sent nude photos of herself and an explicit video to the boy’s cell phone. The trysts would have occurred when she was 18 and the boy was 13.

Christian Weems, who prosecutors say spoke to Susan Brock in “code” during a recorded conversation at a Maricopa County jail, has been charged with tampering with evidence by getting Susan to tell her the boy’s Yahoo password so she could delete emails between Susan and the boy.

During a recorded jailhouse phone conversation between Susan and Fulton Brock that was included in the report, Susan Brock asked Fulton, “Why didn’t you help me?” To which he answered, “You didn’t give me time.”

Chandler police said Wednesday that Fulton Brock is not a target of prosecution in the case.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6533 or msakal@evtrib.com

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