Paul Babeu, the sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona and a GOP candidate for Congress, allegedly threatened his male Mexican ex-lover with deportation.

According to the Phoenix New Times, a man identified only as Jose claims he and Babeu had a years-long intimate affair.

Babeu, a vocal opponent of illegal immigration who was featured in Senator John McCain's 2010 campaign ad advocating for greater border security, allegedly threatened Jose with deportation when he refused to sign an agreement stating that he would not discuss their relationship.

“Jose came to our firm because he felt he was being intimidated, and he was in fear for his life,” said Jose's attorney, Melissa Weiss-Riner. “He wanted his legal rights protected.”

Jose said he met Babeu online in 2006 at the dating website He added that he created and maintained Babeu's campaign websites and his social media presence, but wasn't paid for his services. Babeu's lawyer has acknowledged that Jose worked as a campaign volunteer and claimed that he hacked into a campaign website.

The Phoenix New Times' story also included a photo of an profile allegedly belonging to Babeu. The user, studboi1, advertises that he's a “good guy looking for another” and is “vers/top, 7” Cut, Safe Sex Only, HIV Negative.”

Babeu denied the accusations in a statement: “We strongly deny the sensationalist headline published by the Phoenix New Times.” (A video report is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)