Boone County sheriff retiring amid prostitution allegation

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) – Investigators said on Thursday that Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell is the target of a prostitution investigation. The sheriff is accused of “misconduct over the last three to four years with an alleged prostitute.”

Sheriff Campbell will be retiring amid the allegation, he released in a statement on Thursday evening.

Chief Deputy Major Mike Nielsen said the sheriff was the target of a joint investigation by the Boone County-Hamilton County Drug Task Force and the FBI.

Nielsen said at this point, he isn’t sure if any criminal charges will be filed against the sheriff.

Sheriff Campbell released the following statement on Thursday evening:

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.

I will have no further statement on this matter and would ask for privacy as I work to regain the trust of my loving wife Shari and our family who has needlessly suffered because of my self-centered actions. I will also work to again be worthy of the trust that so many placed in me over the years.

For now I am preparing to submit my retirement paperwork forthwith.

Chief Deputy Nielsen, whom also deserves a public apology because of my thoughtlessness, will serve as acting Sheriff.

Major Nielsen, who has worked with Campbell for 25 years in the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, released the following statement on Thursday:

Personally and professionally, I am deeply disappointed and extremely upset by this news. When I learned of the allegations a few days ago, I wanted to believe with all my heart that the allegations were false. I gathered facts and verified them with Sheriff Campbell. I then met with the county attorney and afterwards I asked Sheriff Campbell to resign from the Sheriff’s Office. I believe that stepping down is not only what is best for the citizens of Boone County and the employees of the Sheriff’s Office, but it is also the right thing to do.

Mike Nielsen has been in Boone County law enforcement for more than 30 years. Nielsen recently won the Republican nomination for Sheriff in the spring primary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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