SALT LAKE CITY (WR) — A police officer accused of displaying off express photographs of a College of Utah pupil whereas investigating an extortion case she filed earlier than her 2018 demise has misplaced his job, officers mentioned Friday.

Officer Miguel Deras’ employment with the Logan Metropolis Police Division ended efficient instantly after an inside evaluation of an investigation launched by the state’s Division of Public Security, Chief Gary Jensen mentioned in an announcement. The investigation concluded that Deras “mishandled delicate proof” pertaining to 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey’s case whereas he was employed with the college’s police division.

“The conclusions drawn within the DPS report are inconsistent with the excessive expectations and requirements positioned upon our officers by the neighborhood and our division,” Jensen mentioned.

The investigation, launched Wednesday, discovered {that a} group of college officers made inappropriate feedback about express pictures of McCluskey shortly earlier than she was shot and killed by a person she had briefly dated.

Her demise has roiled the establishment and raised critical questions on the way it dealt with her repeated studies that the person was harassing her earlier than her demise, together with extorting her with the pictures she had despatched him after they have been concerned.

An lawyer for Deras has beforehand denied bragging concerning the pictures. He did present them throughout a routine briefing, however solely to ask how they need to be dealt with and saved and didn’t make inappropriate feedback, his lawyer Jeremy Jones mentioned.

“From my shopper’s recollection, he by no means participated in that. He confirmed the pictures in briefing. He didn’t ‘smoke and joke’ concerning the pictures at any time,” he mentioned.


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