A former Macon police officer pleaded guilty to violating his oath of office and was sentenced to five years on probation Monday.
Chris Campbell, 31, answered questions posed by Judge Howard Simms, but otherwise didnt speak during the short hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
Campbell was on duty early Feb. 18, 2011, when he drove a then-20-year-old Houston County woman from the Whiskey River nightclub to Liberty Inn, 4295 Pio Nono Ave., where the two had sex.
The woman later told authorities she was unconscious when Campbell had sex with her. Another officer had written her a ticket for under-aged drinking before she left the nightclub.
The woman told police she awoke to the motel owner knocking on the door, demanding money for the room and discovered she wasnt wearing clothes, said prosecutor Nancy Scott Malcor.
Campbell resigned the day after the incident. He was indicted on charges of sexual assault against a person in custody and violation of his oath of office in July 2011. He had been an officer for three years.
Prosecutors dismissed the sexual assault charge in exchange for Campbells plea.
Video surveillance recorded images of Campbell visiting the motel multiple times that morning as he was receiving and responding to emergency calls, Malcor said.
Malcor said the footage shows: Campbell got a room key at the front desk at 2:19 a.m. At 3:56 a.m., he parked in a far corner of the parking lot and went into a motel room. Fifteen minutes later, he ran back to his patrol car. Campbell returned to the motel at 4:31 a.m. and left at 4:37 a.m. He returned two minutes later and left again at 5:07 a.m.
Lars Anderson, Campbells lawyer, said the sex was consensual and that the woman left the motel with Campbell at some point that morning and returned in her car.
Simms ruled last year that statements Campbell gave to police about the incident couldnt be used at trial because he was coerced into providing statements to police officers under the implied threat of losing his job, according to an order issued Nov. 16, 2012.
In a 2012 hearing, Campbell testified he spoke with a criminal detective after being asked to go to the Police Detective Bureau by then-Macon police Internal Affairs Capt. Michael Schlageter. He said Schlageter took his patrol car keys and identification badge, and at some point threatened to fire him if he didnt answer a criminal detectives questions, according to the judges order.
Schlageter was present for Campbells conversations with the detective and Campbell knew he could lose his job if he didnt cooperate with Internal Affairs, according to the order.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.