Charges say the Minneapolis officer abused his son’s girlfriend

Minneapolis police officer David Campbell

A Minneapolis police officer faces charges of sexually abusing his son’s 16-year-old girlfriend for several months. 

David Campbell, 58, was charged Tuesday with five felony sex crimes and one count of making terroristic threats. 

The complaint against him (read it here) says the girl was living with Campbell’s family since early this year as they moved into a succession of Twin Cities hotels, most recently in Bloomington.   

It says the abuse started when Campbell bought underwear for the girl, then told her to use his phone to take photos of herself wearing it. 

Things escalated after that, the Hennepin County Attorney says, leading to Campbell fondling and groping her and exposing himself.

The complaint says the incidents happened between January 7 and September 8 of this year and some occurred while Campbell was on duty when he brought the teen on ride-alongs in his squad car. 

Prosecutors say the girl told investigators Campbell had threatened to shoot her in the head if she told anyone about what he had done. They say she remains very fearful that Campbell will hurt her now that the case has become public.  

Campbell is on an administrative leave from his police job and is in custody. 

According to Hennepin County records, his bail is a quarter-million dollars and he’s due to appear in court Wednesday afternoon. 

Police chief responds

Soon after the charges against Campbell were filed Tuesday, Minneapolis police chief Maderia Arradondo said in a statement that he had “relieved this employee of duty without pay” the day before. 

Arradondo, who was sworn in as chief last month, added: “Let it be known that the allegations, if found to be true, would violate the very values and ethics that the MPD stands for. As I recently and clearly stated in my vision for the department, if an MPD employee breaches the public trust or brings contempt to the department and the badge we wear, they have forfeited their opportunity to serve on our department.” 

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