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Internal probe complete

By Staff | Sep 26, 2010

An internal investigation involving a Faribault County deputy has been completed.

“The Waseca Police Department wrapped up its work and turned the reports over to us,” says Sheriff Mike Gormley. “It’s now in the hands of our labor attorney and the union attorney.”

Following a criminal investigation, 46-year-old Terry Lee Campbell of Blue Earth was charged with four felony counts and a gross misdemeanor involving theft of government funds.

Chief Deputy Scott Adams says any time a public official is the subject of a criminal probe, an internal investigation also must be conducted.

“It’s to determine if there has been a violation of policies and procedures and if any disciplinary action will be taken,” says Adams.

In the criminal case, Campbell is scheduled to appear in Martin County District Court on Oct. 19.

An 11 a.m. hearing has been set before Judge Robert Walker.

According to court documents, Campbell has hired Minneapolis defense attorney Peter Wold.

The case is being prosecuted and heard in Martin County because of conflicts of interests associated with Campbell being a Faribault County employee.

Campbell was charged with two counts of theft and theft by swindle of public funds and two counts of attempted theft and attempted theft by swindle. He also faces one count of financial transaction card fraud use.

Two of the charges have a maximum penalty of five years and a $10,000 fine. On two counts, each carries a maximum sentence of 2 1/2 years and a $5,000 fine, while the card fraud use charge is one year and a $3,000 fine.

Campbell, who has been a full-time deputy since 1995, has been on paid administrative leave since the last week in July.