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Cop ‘confirmed off specific photographs’ of pupil days earlier than she was murdered by ex who blackmailed her over the pictures

Cop ‘showed off explicit photos’ of student days before she was murdered by ex who blackmailed her over the images


A COP is alleged to have confirmed off specific photos of a school pupil who was being blackmailed by her sex-offender ex earlier than he murdered her, based on studies.

Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old pupil on the College of Utah, instructed campus police she was being blackmailed over the photographs by 37-year-old Melvin Rowland – solely to be exploited by the officer she turned to for assist.

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Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old pupil on the College of Utah, instructed campus police she was being blackmailed[/caption]

In line with The Salt Lake Tribune, Miguel Deras saved the non-public photographs Lauren shared with him in 2018, together with messages from Rowland threatening to launch them except she paid him $1,000.

The lady’s mother and father, Jill and Matt McCluskey, are at the moment upholding a $56 million lawsuit in opposition to the college, claiming campus cops didn’t correctly act after she alerted them to the harassment greater than 20 occasions.

Cops failed to acknowledge indicators of home abuse which might have prevented her demise, an unbiased report discovered.

Lauren was murdered by ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland
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Lauren was murdered by ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland[/caption]

Lauren briefly dated Roland, a 37-year-old intercourse offender on parole, however broke issues off after discovering he lied about his identify, age and felony historical past.

However the criminal satisfied the younger lady he had entry to her private information and blackmailed her.

He then fatally shot her in her automobile, earlier than later turning the gun on himself.

A brand new report counsel in addition to mishandling the case, Deras additionally exploited Lauren.

After saving the photographs to his private cellphone he reportedly confirmed them off to a colleague, scrolling via the images and bragging he might see them every time he preferred.

Nonetheless, the college insists that there isn’t sufficient proof to show Deras saved the photographs.

Rowland, 37, fatally shot Lauren before turning the gun on himself
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Rowland, 37, fatally shot Lauren earlier than turning the gun on himself[/caption]

In addition they stated they’re not accountable for the lady’s demise as Rowland wasn’t a pupil and there’s nothing they might have accomplished.

College President Ruth Watkins stated there’s no purpose to imagine Rowland might’ve been stopped.

Efforts had been made to retrieve proof from Deras’s cellphone however they had been unsuccessful.

It’s reported he bought a brand new cellphone after the incident, which might clarify why authorities’ search makes an attempt had been unsuccessful.


Deras now works as an officer at one other establishment.

Main Scott Stephenson, who oversees police coaching within the state beneath the Utah Division of Public Security, stated the “alarming” discovery could possibly be grounds for motion in opposition to Deras’ police qualification.

The college additionally say they’ve launched efforts to analyze campus complaints extra totally following Lauren’s demise, in addition to examine ex-cons coming onto campus.