SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU) -- An independent investigation regarding allegations that a University of Utah Police officer shared compromising photos of slain student Lauren McCluskey has been completed and released.
The report concluded that Deras did not download or digitally share picture files of the slain university student-athlete, but the photos were directly shown to at least three officers, and some who saw the pictures — allegedly as part of their police duties — recalled crass and “unprofessional comments” being made, the Deseret News writes.
McCluskey had reported that someone had threatened to post compromising photos of her and Rowland online unless she met a monetary demand. McCluskey told police she transferred $1,000 to an account in hopes of keeping the photos private and protecting her reputation. The blackmailer was later identified as Rowland himself.