An aspiring young in Salt Lake City was murdered in 2018 after a system that ostensibly protects her — chose to ignore her instead. Lauren McCluskey was murdered by a deranged stalker despite multiple calls to 911 to report him. Now, two years later, we that the officers involved in ignoring McCluskey’s pleas for help, kept explicit photos of her on his cellphone and bragged about them to his coworkers and he will face no charges.
Citing of the statute to charge the officer, Salt Lake County Sim Gill said Thursday that his office has declined to prosecute Miguel Deras. While he believes the officer’s actions were “definitely reckless,” Gill said no Utah law for addressing of police misconduct, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
“We realized there was no real statute we could use for this case,” Gill said. “We’re incensed like everyone else by the behavior. inappropriate. But if there’s not a statute, there’s nothing do.”
But not of statutes. Conveniently, the DA’s office waited exactly after the state could have filed misdemeanor charges against Deras for abusing evidence. Now, it’s too late statute of limitations has expired.
“We just got it so late and were limited in what options we had,” Gill said. But this rings hollow considering the office had months out charges.
“Instead of helping her, Deras showed her images to other male officers and bragged about it,” Jill and Matt McCluskey, Lauren’s parents said. “A consequence of Gill’s decision is will hesitate to report extortion and harassment for fear that the private information compromised, leered at, by officers for reasons unrelated to her case.”
Jill McCluskey even tweeted out crimes committed by Deras.
According to a scathing report Salt Lake Tribune in May, when Deras, the officers assigned to McClusky’s case, received the photos, he saved them on his personal phone. And days before McCluskey was killed by who was blackmailing her, Deras showed off to a male co-worker and bragged about them whenever he wanted, two fellow officers.
The university has only now confirmed that display occurred — a year and a half after McCluskey first brought her concerns to the department — as a continued push by The Salt Lake Tribune public records on how the case was handled. The U. spoke to the officer who was shown by Deras and verified the action with him. The Tribune also substantiated it with another officer, who overheard Deras that co-worker.
Neither officer reported the incident at the time, and Deras was never disciplined for it.
In fact, the university says it didn’t the inappropriate behavior and abuse of evidence until after Deras left the department in September 2019, though it occurred before McCluskey’s murder on Oct. 22, 2018. reason officials looked into it, said U. police Lt. Jason Hinojosa, was because The Tribune’s records request first brought it to their attention.
“He was long gone before we had any inkling that that incident with the photo being shown had occurred,” the university said.
Deras left the university in September of 2019 working for Logan City Police who fired him when the case came to light.
Keeping nude photos on your phone while bragging about them to your coworkers just days before the victim is murdered crime that go unpunished. It not only further victimized McCluskey and her family, and showed just how unconcerned the police were case, but undoubtedly other victims' fear of coming forward. Deras be a cop to be criminally charged.
Jim McConkie, the family’s attorney agrees, saying that McCluskey was harmed while she was alive by the officer choosing off her photos, and time he could investigating her concerns. And McConkie believes her reputation should be considered of her that lives on now.
“What Gill is saying to women with this decision,” McConkie added, “is ‘We can’t . Don’t come to us.'”
As reported at the time, McCluskey, 21, met 37-year-old Melvin Rowland campus bar in September of 2018 and dated him for months. McCluskey called off after that Rowland had lied to her about his age and learning that he had a criminal past.
Rowland was a convicted who would violate his terms of release by stalking and even extorting McCluskey but police chose act. Instead, they continuously passed the buck.
Again, McCluskey chose to call 911 the Salt Lake City on October 19 after she’d been the University of Utah campus police unsuccessfully for days.
“I’m worried because I’ve been working with the campus police at the U, and last Saturday I reported haven’t gotten an update,” she told Salt Lake City Police dispatch.
“They haven’t updated or done anything,” she added, the 911 transcripts.
The SLC police would act similar manner to the campus police too did nothing. Instead, they referred her back to the campus police, claiming that was under their jurisdiction.
After ending their relationship on October 9, McCluskey tried for a nearly the police her. She informed both the campus police SLC police — on multiple occasions — that she was being harassed by a convicted as being extorted.
McCluskey told police that Rowland forced her to pay him $1,000 or he would release compromising photos of her. This activity was ignored.
“I’ve contacted them already, I just wanted to you ,” McCluskey said. “Yeah, just concerned because I wasn’t sure how long they were gonna take.”
Sadly, never act, and on Oct 22, McCluskey was murdered by Rowland. Her multiple 911 calls to police fell on deaf ears and her entirely preventable murder allowed to happen incredible police incompetence. Now, it appears not only incompetence but criminal theft of evidence officers seemed more concerned with her explicit photos than helping her. But held it.