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Former sheriff's deputy admits taking naked pictures of himself

The law enforcement career of a former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy is likely over after he pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Roger Campbell, 39, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge stemming from evidence first uncovered in October 2019, that he had taken sexually explicit photos of himself while in uniform in his patrol car and sent them to a female acquaintance.

An Oregon State Police examiner was investigating the female’s phone in an unrelated case, said Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert, and came across the photos of Campbell, taken May 5, 2019.

OSP began an investigation into Campbell’s actions at the request of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, a news release said. Investigators subpoenaed the phone records for Campbell’s cellphone and secured a search warrant for his home.

On Nov. 6, 2019, detectives arrived at Campbell’s home in Eagle Point with the warrant and, after Campbell let them through the gate and into the home, requested he turn over his cellphone. Campbell complied, according to the press release, but when detectives examined the phone, it had been wiped clean using a factory reset — meaning all the information on the phone was lost.

Heckert said the action could have resulted in an evidence tampering charge, if Campbell had not pleaded guilty to the official misconduct charge, which was handed down June 4.

“The facts of the case were pretty straightforward,” she said. “They kind of speak for themselves.”

Mike Moran, public information officer for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, said that Campbell resigned in December 2019, just more than five years after he was hired in October 2015. Prior to that, he worked at the Umatilla Police Department and the Two Rivers Correctional Institution, records from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training show.

Campbell will likely not be able to work as a law enforcement officer in Oregon again, both Heckert and Moran said. The National Decertification Index, which tracks officers who have lost their state certifications, is available for law enforcement agencies to vet candidates, though some officers have been hired elsewhere after losing their certifications.

Campbell’s attorney, Peter Carini, declined to comment.

Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced Campbell to 11 months bench probation, which means he will not be supervised by a probation officer. He will also pay a $1,300 fine rather than doing community service.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.