The Idaho Attorney General's Office conducted a preliminary investigation into the anonymous complaint, which alleged that the sheriff misused his official position in support of his private nonprofit ‘Man Up’ campaign against domestic violence.
When word of the investigation came out in September, Sheriff Kieran Donahue issued a statement saying he was “confident that at the conclusion of the investigation the sheriff’s office and I will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Idaho State Police sent out a news release Tuesday evening saying the agency accepted a request from the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to continue investigating the complaint.
After a preliminary investigation into public officials' conduct, Idaho law provides an option for the Attorney General's Office to refer the investigation to the county prosecuting attorney for further investigation. The Attorney General's Office and the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office have both cited a conflict of interest in conducting any further investigation, ISP reports.
ISP will provide the results of its investigation to the Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which has agreed to act as a special prosecutor, according to the news release.