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Deputy appears in court

By Staff | Oct 25, 2010

Terry Campbell

It was a brief court appearance Tuesday in Fairmont for a former Faribault County deputy charged with theft.

In a hearing that lasted about 10 minutes, Terry Lee Campbell, 46, of Blue Earth, and his attorney Peter Wold, of Minneapolis, appeared in Martin County District Court before Judge Robert Walker.

“I’m looking forward to helping Terry. He’s an honest man. We’ll set the record straight,” says Wold.

Because Campbell was not arrested nor jailed, he was not summoned to appear in court.

The judge set an omnibus hearing for the first week in November.

Wold told Walker he needed to review the criminal complaint and other case documents to determine whether he would request a contested hearing.

Walker told Wold if more time is needed, the next hearing could be scheduled near the end of November.

Campbell was released on his personal recognizance and signed a form promising to appear at future hearings.

Earlier this month, Campbell submitted his resignation effective Oct. 16 following an internal affairs investigation by the Waseca Police Department.

During his 15 years at the sheriff’s office, Campbell conducted investigations and served as the county’s emergency management services director.

According to court papers, an investigation was requested after the department received a report that Campbell may be involved with theft of government funds.

The court complaint says the former deputy allegedly used the county credit card in July to purchase gasoline for personal use.

Also, in August Campbell reportedly collected mileage reimbursement when he used a squad car to attend an Emergency Management Services meeting held in Eagle Lake.

Authorities also discovered that Campbell received mileage checks in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

He faces two felony charges of theft and theft by swindle, and two felonies of attempted theft and attempted theft by swindle. He also has been charged with one count of financial transaction card fraud use.

Two of the counts carry maximum penalties of five years and a $10,000 fine.

Two other charges carry maximum sentences of 2 1/2 years and a $5,000 fine, while the card fraud count is punishable by one year and a $3,000 fine.