Fort Worth officer accused of sexual assault, theft

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Information that a Fort Worth police officer was having sex with prostitutes sparked an in-house criminal investigation that has led to the officer’s arrest on allegations of sexual assault by a public servant, official oppression and theft, officials said.

Douglas V. 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.

Campbell surrendered Friday night at the Benbrook jail on warrants issued against him for official oppression and sexual assault by a public servant warrant and was immediately released upon posting bond.

He had previously surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail on the theft warrant Sept. 25 and been released on bond, jail records show.

Sgt. Kelly Peel, a police spokesman, said the special investigation unit began investigating Campbell, who had been with the department since 2007, after receiving information that Campbell “was possibly having sex with prostitutes.” He said Campbell has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

“The criminal and administrative investigations have not been completed so it would be inappropriate to release any details,” Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said in an emailed statement. “However, our citizens can rest assured that ANY allegation of serious misconduct is investigated immediately and as Chief, I will never tolerate criminal misconduct and/or gross unethical behavior.”

Campbell could not be reached for comment and court records did not indicate whether he has retained an attorney.

Accusations of sexual assault

According to arrest warrant affidavits obtained the Star-Telegram, it was two fellow officers who alerted the special investigations unit in August that an officer was rumored to be having sex with prostitutes in and around the 2100 block of South Riverside Drive.

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

One prostitute told police Campbell had approached her in his patrol car and while in uniform and that the two began talking about sex. She said Campbell removed his penis from his pants and told her to engage in sexual contact with him or he would take her to jail. She told police the conversation stopped when another officer drove up.

Another prostitute interviewed by police said a uniformed Campbell approached her in an unmarked car. She said she thought she was being arrested until Campbell asked to see her vagina. Afraid she was going to jail, the woman said she complied with Campbell’s request. She said he then touched her.

“The victim felt that because Campbell was an Officer she could not leave,” states the affidavit, written by Detective Mike Carroll. “She then said that Campbell was very rough with her.”

The second prostitute told investigators that the second time Campbell picked her up, he pulled her G-string between her legs, causing her pain.

The affidavit states the second prostitute voluntarily took a polygraph about her contact with Campbell, which indicated her statements were true.

In the theft case, investigators were conducting surveillance on Campbell as he was dispatched to a stranded vehicle blocking traffic.

They watched as Campbell had a conversation with a woman that drove up to the scene before taking $2 from the stranded vehicle and giving it to the woman, the affidavit states.

When questioned about the alleged theft from the stranded vehicle, Campbell told investigators that he was sexually involved with the woman. He said he gave the woman the $2 from the vehicle after she asked him for money and he didn’t have any.

In regards to his alleged contact with prostitutes, Campbell admitted to investigators that he picked one up and paid her $35 to $40 to dance fo him but denied any sexual contact between them, the affidavit states.

A previous history

According to Civil Service Commission records, Campbell’s previous discipline history with the department includes a 16-day suspension in lieu of termination in June 2012 for allegedly assaulting a woman, identified in court records as his estranged wife.

Campbell, who was in the midst of getting a divorce from the woman, went to her residence uninvited on Jan. 26, 2012, and began a “verbal tirade” against her, according to court records. He then grabbed her by the hair, pulling a chunk of it from her head.

Campbell was charged on Feb. 9, 2012 with assault causing bodily injury in connection with the hair-pulling incident.

But a year later, prosecutors dismissed the assault charge in “the interest of justice” after a “memo of agreement” was reached, court records show.

Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman with the District Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors had agreed to dismiss the case against Campbell if he successfully completed a batterers intervention program, which he did.

“It’s not uncommon for family violence cases to be dismissed after the offender completes counseling to address their issues,” McDonald said.

That same month, Civil Service documents show, Campbell received a three-day suspension from the department in reference to his alleged handling of a September 2012 phone call by a woman reporting that she was being harassed by her ex-husband.

According to that disciplinary letter, Campbell turned the conversation personal while taking the police report after looking up the female caller’s Facebook page and commenting on her appearance. He then electronically sent the woman six pictures of himself, including several of himself shirtless, before eventually completing her harassment report.

In the letter, signed by Halstead, Campbell is accused of exhibiting “extremely poor judgment” in researching the Facebook page of a woman “who was merely calling the police for assistance.”

“His appalling behavior was compounded when he made a comment about her appearance over the telephone, and subsequently sent multiple shirtless photographs of himself to a female who was a victim of harassment by her ex-husband.”

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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