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February 19, 2014

Some charges against Whitley AD dropped

Campbell remains jailed in Baltimore

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A preliminary hearing slated for Tuesday in Baltimore City District Court in Maryland for Whitley County Athletic Director Michael Campbell ended up getting postponed.

Campbell, who remains jailed in the Baltimore City Detention Center without bond, has been indicted, according to one of his defense attorneys, Paul Croley.

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.

However, Croley noted that some of those charges against Campbell have 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.

He added that Campbell refutes the charges.

“Mike Campbell denies these allegations — he will defend these charges aggressively,” Croley said. “Although an indictment was returned (Tuesday), 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.”

His arraignment has now been scheduled for March 6 — Croley said that’s when bond will be considered for Campbell.

“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, Timothy Gunning, of Towson, Md., said Tuesday “it went as we expected” and added that the decisions made “are in Mr. Campbell’s favor.”

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 last week “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.

That’s the date Campbell was arrested, court records indicate.

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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