by Christopher Zoukis
A police officer with the Broward County, Florida sheriff's office has been arrested and charged with illegal sexual activity involving a teenage girl.
Leon Campbell, a 37-year-old deputy sheriff, was jailed October 19, 2017, but was released the next day on a $15,000 bond. According to TheFreeThoughtProject.com (TFTP), he was charged with second degree felony lewd or lascivious battery and sexual activity with a minor.
Campbell became acquainted with the victim through a friend, the girl's uncle. From the time she was 15, through the date of his arrest, Campbell allegedly carried on a sexual relationship with the teen. He disguised the nature of the relationship by claiming to be a mentor to the young lady.
In reality, according to TFTP, Campbell was beating the child with a black leather whip and sexually assaulting her while she wore a dog collar.
The crime came to the attention of authorities thanks to the victim's aunt. She had observed Campbell touching the girl's breast, and reported the contact to the Lauderhill police. She was also able to obtain a recording in which Campbell admitted to sexually assaulting the girl.
When his fellow officers searched Campbell's home, they found sex toys and a black whip that contained the victim's DNA. That was enough to arrest officer Campbell for sexual assault of a minor.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel released a statement distancing the department from its errant officer.
"Deputy Leon Campbell's actions are a reflection of himself and not the hard-working, dedicated men and women of the Broward Sheriff's Office," said Israel.
If Campbell is convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
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