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Logan PD fires former U of U police officer involved in McCluskey case

Aug 7, 2020, 5:46 PM
Logan PD fires former U of U police officer involved in McCluskey case...

LOGAN — Officials with the Logan Police Department have fired Officer Miguel Deras.  In a press release on Friday, Logan police said that Deras, a former University of Utah police officer, was released from employment following an internal review of a Department of Public Safety investigation which concluded that he mishandled sensitive evidence in the case of Lauren McCluskey.

The sensitive evidence in question pertained to the Lauren McCluskey extortion and subsequent homicide case. The DPS investigation found that the evidence was mishandled while Deras was employed with the U of U Police Department. 

“The conclusion drawn in the DPS report is consistent with the high expectations and standards placed upon our officers by the community and our department,” officials said. “Our continuing efforts to hold sacred the public’s trust and our duty to serve and protect has resulted in today’s decision.”

The DPS review found that Deras showed the intimate photos used to extort murdered student Lauren McCluskey to several other officers.

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Logan PD fires former U of U police officer involved in McCluskey case