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March 10, 2014

Trial date, bond set for Whitley athletic director

Campbell set to face a jury May 14, $150,000 bond set

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

A trial date was set Friday in the assault and sexual offense case against Whitley County Athletic Director Michael Campbell in Baltimore City District Court in Maryland, according to his attorney, Paul Croley.

A bond was also set for Campbell, who has been jailed in the Baltimore City Detention Center since Jan. 22.

Campbell appeared with his defense attorneys Friday for his arraignment, which had been postponed from Feb. 18.

The trial date right now is May 14 — Croley said the judge set Campbell’s bond at $150,000.

Croley added that he could be released from jail by posting 10 percent of that bond.

After Campbell’s original preliminary hearing was postponed, Croley said that some of the impending charges against Campbell had already been dropped.

“The very serious charges of second-degree rape and first-degree assault have already been dismissed unilaterally by the prosecutor,” Croley said.

Baltimore district court records indicate Campbell was facing charges of first-degree assault, second-degree rape, second-degree assault, and second-, third- and fourth-degree sexual offense.

After those two charges were dropped, Campbell was left facing one count of second-degree assault, and second-, third-, and fourth-degree sexual offense.

“Mike Campbell denies these allegations — he will defend these charges aggressively,” Croley said. “Although an indictment was returned, it is important that people understand that the allegations supporting the charge are entirely one-sided.”

An investigation by the defense attorneys continues.

“Our investigation — in its early stages — has already revealed information that clearly contradicts some of the most serious allegations made in the police report,” Croley said. “We anticipate uncovering further evidence supporting (Campbell’s) innocence.”

“At this point, he has not had an opportunity to tell his side of the story or to defend the remaining charges,” Croley said. “He looks forward to his day in court and his opportunity to prove these allegations false.”

His other defense attorney is Timothy Gunning, of Towson, Md.

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 Feb. 6. 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, they placed Campbell on that unpaid leave, effective Jan. 22 — the day Campbell was jailed.

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.”

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