By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A preliminary hearing is set one week from today for Whitley County High School’s athletic director, Michael Campbell.
He faces several charges concerning an alleged sexual assault in January in Baltimore, Md.
Campbell, who currently remains jailed in the Baltimore City Detention Center, will appear with his defense attorneys Feb. 18 in the Baltimore City District Court.
Court records indicate he faces charges of first-degree assault, second-degree rape, second-degree assault, and second-, third- and fourth-degree sexual offense.
Those records also show the alleged incident occurred Jan. 20 and he was jailed Jan. 22. Those same records further shows an address for Campbell at an apartment on Hunter Street — in Baltimore.
Campbell has been Whitley County High School’s athletic director since leaving the football team after the 2005 season.
However, since these allegations have surfaced, Superintendent of Schools Scott Paul said “the only comment I can make is that Mr. Campbell is on unpaid leave.”
Paul received a two-page court record listing Campbell’s charges and hearing date on Thursday. Over that copy was a telephone number for the Baltimore Police Department and a photo of Campbell in sunglasses — as well as another name and telephone number.
It was not clear who that second person was in relation to these charges.
Paul said that once they learned of these charges Thursday, they placed Campbell on that unpaid leave, effective Jan. 22.
In the interim, John Siler has taken over as acting athletic director, Paul said.
Paul added that personnel decisions were made by the superintendent.
While it was unknown why Campbell was in Maryland, Paul did say the athletic director “was there on a personal matter.”
One of Campbell’s defense attorneys is Paul Croley, who feels his client “will be exonerated of these charges.”
“Mike Campbell has been a respected member of our community for many years,” Croley said. “He regrets any embarrassment that this incident has caused.”
He said these were allegations made by one individual.
“(Campbell) vehemently denies any criminal wrongdoing,” Croley said. “I sincerely hope people will consider that these charges are based upon the mere allegations of one person.”
The attorney added that more details have yet to emerge.
“There remains a lot more to this story than what has been reported,” Croley said. “As such, the legal system will give Mike his day in court and get to the truth of the matter.”