FARMINGTON — A local prosecutor remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.
Assistant District Attorney Rory Foutz, 28, was placed on leave Friday after allegations of possible criminal acts surfaced earlier last week, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said.
District Attorney Rick Tedrow, upon learning of the allegations, consulted with investigators from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, who opened an investigation March 27.
“They came across information alleging acts by a prosecutor that could be criminal in nature asking us to look into it,” Sheriff’s Lt. Cory Tanner said.
No charges have been filed and neither O’Brien nor Tanner would comment on the specifics of the investigation.
Tanner said several people were interviewed and detectives continue to investigate. He expects the investigation to wrap up sometime this week.
Following the completed investigation, sheriff’s detectives will forward the information on to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
Tedrow’s office will conflict the case out to another district attorney’s office. Tedrow, citing personnel issues, declined to comment on whether Foutz was placed on paid or unpaid leave.
Foutz is a relative newcomer to the District Attorney’s Office.
He was hired in mid-October, O’Brien said.
Foutz retained local defense attorney Steve Murphy following the onset of the investigation.
“We look forward to the Sheriff’s Office investigation in this matter,” Murphy said in a phone interview Tuesday, adding that he anticipated Foutz’s quick return to work at the District Attorney’s Office.
Foutz is a graduate of Texas Tech Law School located in Lubbock, Texas. He worked in Santa Fe prior to returning to Farmington.