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June 19, 2014

Sheriff Ken Campbell steps down

Boone County —

Boone County Republican officials today are making arrangements to replace long-time lawman Ken Campbell both as sheriff and as their candidate for the county council's third district. Campbell announced Thursday night that he was retiring amid allegations of misconduct. Chief Deputy Major Mike Nielsen said that Campbell, who is also the president of the Indiana Sheriff's Association, was the target of an investigation by the Hamilton-Boone County Drug Task Force and the FBI. Campbell is alleged to have been involved, for three to four years, with an alleged prostitute, Nielsen said in a press release.

Chief Deputy Major Mike Nielsen this evening confirmed that Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell is, or has been, the target of a joint investigation by the Boone County-Hamilton County Drug Task Force and the FBI. The investigation involves alleged misconduct over the last three to four years with an alleged prostitute.

The announcement was made via a press release sent to media outlets following a 7 p.m. staff meeting Thursday, called by Sheriff Campbell.

Campbell said in a statement sent with the media release: “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.

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