A Minneapolis police officer has been charged with five counts of sexual misconduct and with threatening his son's teenage girlfriend.
Veteran patrol officer David Campbell, 59, was arrested last week at a Bloomington hotel, after his son's 16-year-old girlfriend told police that Campbell had started buying her underwear, telling her to take photos of herself on his personal phone and exposing himself to her.
She said he subsequently brought her along in his squad car while he was on patrol and began groping and assaulting her while armed and in uniform. The teen said Campbell threatened to shoot and kill her if she reported what had happened.
The criminal complaint against Campbell says he declined to talk to investigators about what happened, and that he claimed he forgot the passcode to his personal phone when asked to turn it over to investigators.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman's office charged Campbell with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of terroristic threats. The most serious charges carry potential 15-year prison sentences.
Police chief Medaria Arradondo said in a statement that Campbell has been relieved of duty without pay. He said the allegations against Campbell violate the values and ethics he wants his department to stand for.
Campbell is being held on $250,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis on Wednesday.