Boone County sheriff stepping down amid misconduct investigation

Campbell allegedly had ties to prostitute

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. - Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell announced he will step down following allegations of misconduct involving a prostitute, officials announced Thursday.

Officials said Campbell had been the target of an investigation by the Boone County-Hamilton County Drug Task Force and the FBI.

The investigation involved "alleged misconduct over the last three or four years with an alleged prostitute," officials said.

Campbell released the following statement Thursday evening:

"Certain allegations have recently arisen in regards to my conduct.  While I believe I have committed no illegal acts, I must apologize for serious errors of judgment in my personal life.   I have thoughtlessly and deeply hurt my family, friends, co-workers and those who placed their trust in me.

I will make no excuses for my actions because there are no excuses.   I also realize that some might believe that all my previous words about honor, duty and responsibility now seem hypocritical.  While I completely understand those concerns, I would just say that I did, and still do, believe in those ideals even if I did not live up to them in my own personal life.

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.  I will also work to again be worthy of the trust that so many placed in me over the years.

For now I am preparing to submit my retirement paperwork forthwith.
Chief Deputy Nielsen, whom also deserves a public apology because of my thoughtlessness, will serve as acting Sheriff."

Chief Deputy Mike Nielsen and Campbell have worked together for 25 years. Nielsen released the following statement:

"Personally and professionally, I am deeply disappointed and extremely upset by this news. When I learned of the allegations a few days ago, I wanted to believe with all my heart that the allegations were false.  I gathered facts and verified them with Sheriff Campbell. I then met with the county attorney and afterwards I asked Sheriff Campbell to resign from the Sheriff’s Office. I believe that stepping down is not only what is best for the citizens of  Boone County and the employees of the Sheriff’s Office, but it is also the right thing to do." 

Nielsen said he was not sure if criminal charges would be filed.

Campbell was set to leave office in December after completing his second term. He also ran unopposed for the Third District seat of the Boone County Council. Officials confirmed he also decided to pull out of that race.

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