FORT MEADE, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida city official has been arrested for aggravated stalking after detectives say she harassed another woman and repeatedly called her phone, leaving threatening messages.
Maurice Nelson Campbell, the 59-year-old vice mayor of Fort Meade, was arrested on Tuesday. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office started investigating her after receiving a complaint from the victim, a woman Campbell has known for years.
According to detectives, Campbell repeatedly harassed the other woman and accused her of having an intimate relationship with her husband.
The victim told detectives she received two phone calls on Feb. 8 from a number that belongs to Campbell’s husband. She did not answer those calls but did pick up a third call that came in. A report from the sheriff’s office says the victim hung up when she recognized Campbell’s voice on the line.
After receiving and ignoring three more calls after midnight, the victim turned her phone off. She said she woke up to three missed calls and three voicemails from Campbell that were riddled with expletives and included a threat of physical harm.
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In one of the voicemails released by the sheriff’s office, Campbell is heard saying “I’ll beat your (expletive) (expletive) down, you trifling (expletive) (expletive).”
Another voicemail includes Campbell stating, “You can put that on the record because I (expletive) said that and I approve that message. And this is Maurice Campbell and I approve that (expletive) message and you can believe that.”
The victim told detectives she believed the threat in the voicemails was credible and said the frequent harassment has caused her stress and anxiety. She also told detectives she believes Campbell uses her position as vice mayor to intimidate her.
An arrest affidavit says the victim has contacted law enforcement in the past about the harassment but did not pursue criminal charges because Campbell stopped.
“The victim has put up with this harassment for quite some time, and she finally reached a breaking point. This is not proper behavior for anyone, let alone an elected official,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “Leaving the voicemails, especially one that sounded like the end of a campaign commercial wasn’t good judgment either.”
Campbell is facing a felony aggravated stalking charge. The sheriff’s office says she has a criminal history that includes charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and shoplifting.
Judd is expected to give an update and release Campbell’s mugshot Tuesday afternoon.