Month: February 2019

Fort Meade Vice Mayor arrested for Aggravated Stalking

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s
Office arrested the Vice Mayor of Fort Meade, 59-year-old Maurice Nelson
Campbell, and charged her with Aggravated Stalking (F3).

The arrest followed an investigation of a complaint from the victim, who told
detectives that the two women had known each other for years, and Campbell had
repeatedly harassed her, accusing the victim of having an intimate
relationship with Campbell’s husband.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim had contacted law enforcement
about the harassment in the past, but refrained from pursuing criminal charges
after Campbell would stop harassing.

The victim told detectives that on Friday, February 8, 2019, she received
calls at 4:46 P.M. and 7:13 P.M., from a phone number belonging to Campbell’s
husband, which she did not answer. A third call was made at 11:55 P.M., and
the victim answered, and she immediately recognized the voice on the phone as
being Ms. Campbell, so she disconnected. At 11:59 P.M., she received a call
from Ms. Parker’s phone number, and two more from Campbell’s phone at 12:49
A.M., which she didn’t answer.

The victim turned her phone off for the rest of the night, then awoke to find
three missed calls from Campbell’s phone, along with three voicemails from Ms.
Campbell (two from her phone, and a third from an unknown number), all from
the early morning hours of February 9, 2019.

The voicemail messages contained a variety of profanities used frequently, and
made a threat to cause the victim physical harm. During one of the messages,
the Vice Mayor stated, “And this is Maurice Campbell, and I approve that
(expletive) message, and you can believe that.” In another excerpt, Campbell
said, “I’ll beat your (expletive) (expletive) down, you trifling (expletive),
stinking (expletive) (expletive). You rotten (expletive), you rotten

The victim told detectives that she believed the threat was credible, and that
the frequent harassment has caused her undue stress and anxiety. She believes
that the Vice Mayor uses her position on the Fort Meade City Commission to
intimidate her.

“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. Leaving the voicemails, especially one that sounded
like the end of a campaign commercial, wasn’t good judgement either.” – Grady
Judd, Sheriff

Maurice Nelson Campbell was arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail.
Her prior criminal history includes charges of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon (Jacksonville), Shoplifting (Orlando), and Petty Larceny-Failure
to Appear (Orange County).