Tuesday, January 7, 2014

TX - Fort Worth officer (Douglas V. Campbell) charged with sexual assault is fired by police chief

Douglas V. Campbell
Douglas V. Campbell
Original Article

01/06/2014

By DEANNA BOYD

FORT WORTH - A police officer arrested in October on allegations of sexual assault by a public servant, official oppression and theft has been fired.

Douglas V. Campbell’s indefinite suspension from the Fort Worth Police Department took effect Dec. 23, according to Civil Service documents obtained Monday by the Star-Telegram.

Campbell, 33, is accused of sexually assaulting a prostitute, threatening another that he would take her to jail if she did not engage in sexual activity, and stealing $2 from an abandoned vehicle.

He was indicted on the sexual assault and official oppression cases Dec. 18 and remains free on bail awaiting trial in all three cases, according to Tarrant County court records.

Officer Campbell, of course, denies those accusations in the indictments and looks forward to his day in court,” said Jim Lane, his defense attorney.

Campbell has appealed his termination. His attorney in the appeal, Craig Driskell of the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, declined to comment Monday.

The department’s special investigation unit began investigating Campbell after receiving information in August from other officers that Campbell was possibly having sex with prostitutes.

Investigators began conducting surveillance of Campbell, then interviewing women with whom he had contact.

One prostitute told officers that Campbell had removed his penis from his pants and had told her to engage in sexual contact with him or he would take her to jail. She said the conversation stopped, however, when another officer drove up, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Another prostitute told investigators that Campbell had touched her and pulled her G-string between her legs, causing her pain, the affidavit states.

According to the disciplinary letter signed by Police Chief Jeff Halstead, Campbell admitted paying for sexual acts at least five times since being commissioned as a Fort Worth officer in 2007.

The theft charge stems from allegations that Campbell removed $2 from an abandoned vehicle that he had been dispatched to, then give it to a female friend whom he had arranged to meet there. The incident was recorded, according to the disciplinary letter.

Campbell also did not accurately report the chain of custody of narcotics found inside the van, the disciplinary letter states.

Halstead said an internal investigation sustained eight allegations of misconduct against Campbell.

His actions are a disgrace to our department, our city, and the policing profession,” Halstead said in an emailed statement. “I will continue to hold all employees accountable for any violations of policy that jeopardize the level of public trust within our community.”


4 comments :

ericangevine said...

I disagree with your knee-jerk reaction that these proposed laws are necessarily wrong simply because they deal with electronic monitoring. The second bill mentioned has the intent of allowing convicted felons to get back on the street EARLY if they agree to monitoring. I do not know of a single felon who wouldn't eagerly agree to such a deal, despite the potential problems with electronic monitoring.

NJ45143112 said...

"...you can never anticipate what will come up..."
Are you kidding?!
Read the F*(*ING law you moron!

Bird said...

The law needs repealed period! I'm sick of them simply getting reworded and continuing to restrict registered citizens in any way.

Mark said...

Kudos to Janice! "The measure forbids registered sex offenders from coming within 300 feet
of parks, schools, libraries, public pools and other places where
children congregate." Yes, 300 feet will prevent crime in America. Maybe they will wait until they are 400 feet away and then do the deed. This is the kind of mentality that prevails in the United States with people who exhibit their form of pseudo-morality; This is the mind set of a reaction that is at best, a base level mentality that was not thought out. Now how many persons are out there like these people Phillip and Nancy Garrido? These two, and the Ohio case with Mr. Castro. Perhaps the people of America, instead of praying to the government which is a disaster, pray to "HIM," that has all the answers.