Sheriff investigation leaves questions unanswered

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – The Boone County Sheriff’s Office will not release any additional statements involving Sheriff Ken Campbell.

The Boone-Hamilton County Drug Task Force is looking into Campbell for a prostitution investigation. The sheriff is under investigation for “misconduct over the last three to four years with an alleged prostitute.”

Boone County Major Mike Nielsen released a one line statement on Friday morning.

“The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is not involved in any part of the investigation into Ken Campbell’s conduct,” said Nielsen. “As of now, we have no new information to convey.”

24-Hour News 8 called Campbell’s cell phone, but the phone had been disconnected.

Crews are headed to Boone County Friday afternoon to talk to residents about the investigation.

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.

Early Friday afternoon, Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) released a statement on Campbell’s resignation as ISA President. ” The Sheriff’s Office is one where integrity is expected, trust is valued and protection is practiced every day,” said Executive Director of ISA Stephen Luce. ” The unfortunate circumstances surrounding Sheriff Campbell’s resignation should not overshadow the good work he has done for Boone County and the ISA.” 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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