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Boone County Sheriff Stepping Down Amid Misconduct Allegations

Ken Campbell (photo courtesy RTV6)

Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell is stepping down amid misconduct allegations.

The Sheriff's Department says Campbell has been the target of a joint investigation by the Boone County-Hamilton County Drug Task Force and the FBI.  The investigation centers around alleged misconduct by Campbell over the last three to four years with an alleged prostitute.

Campbell released a statement on the situation Thursday night:

"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."

In a separate statement, Chief Deputy Nielsen said he was "deeply disappointed and extremely upset" by the news.

“When I learned of the allegations a few days ago, I wanted to believe with all my heart that the allegations were false," Nielsen said.  "I gathered facts andverified 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.” 

It's not yet known if Campbell will face any criminal charges.

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