Sheriff quitting amid prostitute investigation

LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana sheriff is stepping down after being investigated for his involvement with an alleged prostitute.

Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell said Thursday night that he would submit his retirement paperwork and that he had deeply hurt his family and others who trusted him.

“While I believe I have committed no illegal acts, I must apologize for serious errors of judgment in my personal life,” Campbell said in a statement. “I will make no excuses for my actions because there are no excuses.”

Chief Deputy Mike Nielsen, who will take over as acting sheriff in the county just northwest of Indianapolis, said he asked Campbell to resign after learning in recent days about the investigation by the FBI and the Boone County-Hamilton County Drug Task Force of Campbell’s relationship with an alleged prostitute in the last few years.

Nielsen said he doesn’t know whether Campbell would face criminal charges.

The Indianapolis Star reported ( ) that a 32-year-old woman who identified herself as a prostitute said she was interviewed by detectives in April.

The woman, whom the newspaper didn’t identify, said she and Campbell began a consensual sexual relationship in November 2010 that continued until a few months ago. She said Campbell didn’t pay her for their sexual encounters but that he knew she was a prostitute before the relationship began.

Campbell did not give any details about the allegations.

“I will have no further statement on this matter and would ask for privacy as I work to regain the trust of my loving wife Shari and our family who has needlessly suffered because of my self-centered actions,” he said. “I will also work to again be worthy of the trust that so many placed in me over the years.”

Campbell, a Republican elected sheriff in 2006 and 2010, was to leave office at the end of this year because of term limits. Nielsen, the chief deputy since 2007, won the Republican nomination for sheriff in the May primary.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star,

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