A police officer who showed off and even bragged about having explicit photos of a sexploitation victim just days before she was brutally murdered has been fired.
Utah uni student Lauren McCluskey, 21, went to the campus officer in October 2018 because she was terrified of ex Melvin Rowland, 37, a sex offender, who blackmailed and later murdered her.
Instead of helping the sexploitation victim, officer Miguel Deras kept the intimate photos of Ms McClusky and then bragged to colleagues that he could “look at them whenever he wants”, an investigation concluded.
Dears also showed the photos off to at least three policemen – with other officers telling the creep he was “lucky” to work on a case with such a “cute girl”, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety report.
Just nine days after Ms McClusky reached out for help, she was shot and killed by Rowland.
Rowland then killed himself later the same day.
Logan City police boss Gary Jensen said on Fridya the case shamed Deras and that his employment had “ended effective immediately”.
Following the review, it was proved that “Deras mishandled sensitive evidence pertaining to the Lauren McCluskey extortion and subsequent homicide case”, officer Jensen said in a statement.
He added: “The conclusions drawn in the DPS report are inconsistent with the high expectations and standards placed upon our officers by the community and our department.
“Our continuing efforts to hold sacred the public’s trust and our duty to serve and protect has resulted in today’s decision.”
McLuskey’s parents, Jill and Matt, have called for an independent review into the police response and how the university allegedly failed to “respond to pleas for help” after her initial report of blackmail.
The parents told local media: “The University of Utah continues to mislead, cover up the facts and fail to take responsibility for the murder of our daughter.”
A spokesman for the University of Utah told Daily Star Online that its safety recommendations “came from an independent review team’s findings after the tragic death of U student Lauren McCluskey in October 2018”.
“Increasing safety on campus has been a significant focus of recent months,” U President Ruth Watkins said during the meeting.
“We must make an unceasing and complete commitment to this responsibility. This commitment is not a one-time response, but an important part of our institutional culture going forward.”
Source Daily Star – World News