Cop in Sexual Extortion Case Learns His Fate

Officer Miguel Deras has been fired
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2020 2:15 PM CDT
Cop Who 'Showed Off Pics' Learns His Fate
In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, a photograph of University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was fatally shot on campus, is projected on the video board before the start of an NCAA college football game between Oregon and Utah in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

A police officer accused of showing off explicit images of a University of Utah student while investigating an extortion case she filed before her 2018 death has lost his job, officials said Friday, per the AP. Officer Miguel Deras' employment with the Logan City Police Department ended effective immediately after an internal review of an investigation released by the state's Department of Public Safety, Chief Gary Jensen said in a statement. The investigation concluded that Deras "mishandled sensitive evidence" pertaining to 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey’s case while he was employed with the university’s police department.

"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," Jensen said. The investigation, released Wednesday, found that a group of university officers made inappropriate comments about explicit photos of McCluskey shortly before she was shot and killed by a man she had briefly dated. Her death has roiled the institution and raised serious questions about how it handled her repeated reports that the man was harassing her before her death, including extorting her with the images she had sent him when they were involved.

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