Charges: Minneapolis cop David Campbell assaulted victim, 16, while on duty

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David Campbell, 59, was placed on administrative leave in Minneapolis after his arrest in Bloomington. Hennepin County

It took a day longer than expected for charges to be filed against David Campbell, the Minneapolis Police Department officer arrested last Friday.

Maybe that's because there are so many: Campbell faces six separate felony counts in charges the Hennepin County Attorney's office filed Tuesday afternoon. Campbell, 59, is accused of a disturbing pattern of behavior, first creeping on his son's teenage girlfriend, then repeatedly assaulting her, and finally threatening to kill her if she told anyone, according to the criminal complaint. 

Campbell was placed on administrative leave by the Minneapolis department after his arrest, pending further information.

Campbell's first inappropriate behavior toward the victim began in February, a month after she'd turned 16. She was dating the police officer's 17-year-old son, and had moved in with the family, which over the subsequent months moved in and out of a series of hotels around the Twin Cities. (Campbell was arrested Friday evening at the La Quinta Inn in suburban Bloomington.) 

Campbell asked the victim her bra size, and later gave her gifts of a bra and underwear from Victoria's Secret. His son was present when Campbell gave these items to her, and told investigators he found his father's gifts "suspicious." 

Rightly so, according to the charges, which say Campbell later asked the girl to send him photos of herself wearing the items he'd bought her (she did), and in return sent pictures of his penis. He began taking the teen girl on "ride-alongs" in his police squad car while he was on duty.

During one such trip, the charges say:

 [Campbell] began touching her breasts and put his hand under her bra before then kissing her breasts. Victim reported being fearful of [Campbell], and he told her to get out of the car, which she did. Defendant then continued to fondle her and then stuck his hands down her pants and put two fingers inside her vagina, telling her “you like it.” Defendant also told Victim to “stop resisting” when she tried to push him away. [Campbell] would not stop despite the Victim repeatedly telling him to. [Campbell] then took Victim’s hand and placed it on his erect penis over his Minneapolis Police uniform. [Campbell] was wearing his full duty belt at the time.

On another ride-along, Campbell warned the girl that if she reported him to authorities, or made him lose custody of his children, he would "have to shoot her in the head." The victim reports she is still "very fearful [Campbell] will hurt her, especially now."

On a family trip to South Dakota, Campbell's son and the victim confronted him about his abuse. Campbell became "nervous," according to the complaint, and asked to take the conversation to a "more private area"; the teenagers refused, later telling investigators they had been afraid "[Campbell] would hurt them."

Campbell is charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of "terroristic threats." Each third-degree count carries a maximum penalty of a 15-year sentence and/or a $30,000 fine, each fourth-degree charge could result in a 10-year sentence and/or a $20,000 fine, and the terroristic threats charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.


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