A Florida sheriff’s department special victims unit detective has been arrested, accused of falsifying information in dozens of sex crimes cases and threatening one victim with deportation.
Detective Demetrious Campbell, a 21 year veteran of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged with nine counts of official misconduct and one count of extortion, WTVJ reported.
The sheriff’s office suspended him without pay. He was still behind bars as of Thursday morning.
Investigators began looking into Campbell’s cases when a victim called the sex crimes unit to ask about her case. When asked about it, Campbell told his supervisor the victim was uncooperative, refused an examination, and didn’t want police to investigate further.
The woman told police none of that was true.
The sergeant reopened the case and began looking into other case. He found that Campbell had classified eight cases this year and 25 last year as “unfounded,” which means the investigator determined no crime was committed after exhausing all leads and reviewing all evidence.
In all, the sheriff’s department said, Campbell, 48, classified 41 or the 99 cases he investigated between October 2021 and March 2023 as unfounded.
Nine women have spoken with detectives and given sworn statement in the investigation, including one who said Campbell threatened to have her deported.
“Sex offenses are such heinous crimes to recover from because of the emotional and sometimes physical scars endured by victims that last for many years,” Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement. “Failure to fully investigate such serious crimes is reprehensible and downright disgraceful.”
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[Featured image: Demitrious Campbell/Broward County Sheriff’s Office]