MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A former Minneapolis police officer has been convicted of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl. The teen was dating his son and living in his home during his numerous sexual encounters with the girl. David Edward Campbell, 60, committed the crimes against the teenager while she was living with the Campbell family.
“There may have been a handful of occasions in the history of civilized society when a 59-year-old man purchased Victoria’s Secret underwear for a 16-year-old girl without any sexual thoughts or intentions,” wrote Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Thad Tudor. “However, the evidence in this case makes it abundantly clear that this was not one of those occasions.”
Outlets report the former Minneapolis police officer waived his right to a jury trial and based upon the case built by the prosecution, was convicted of sexual assault against the minor.
Tudor listed the evidence against Campbell, including bank records showing that Campbell, who was 59 at the time of the crimes, bought lingerie for his victim. Campbell also sent Facebook messages to the unidentified teen begging for her to send him pictures of her wearing the underwear he bought for her.
Campbell was also found guilty of touching the girl inappropriately and coercing her to touch him while in uniform on-duty. He even had instances where he had her touch him while in his patrol vehicle. Evidence submitted to the judge included a still image from Campbell’s body-worn camera showing the girl in his car. The girl also posted pictures on social media she took during a ride-along with Campbell in his squad car.
In defense of the cop, Campbell’s attorney blamed the “troubled” girl claiming she had “a reputation for untruthfulness.” The evidence revealed clearly showed Campbell’s complicity but defense attorney Dan Homstad ignored all of the evidence and inferred the allegations were baseless lies from a troubled youth.
Homstad wrote, “Is it inconceivable that fabricated accusations could arise from those troubles or from some desperate desire for some — for any — attention?”
If they were lies, how did investigators find direct messages from Campbell to the victim asking for sexually provocative pictures of her in lingerie?
The now-retired Minneapolis police officer was convicted of seven felonies, including threatening the girl with violence if she spoke about their relationship and stalking.