FORT MEADE, Fla. — The Vice Mayor of Fort Meade has been arrested for aggravated stalking after she reportedly harassed a woman she thought was having an affair with her husband and left explicit voicemail messages threatening to hurt her, according to deputies.
Maurice Nelson Campbell, 59, reportedly harassed a woman she had known for years and accused her of having an intimate relationship with Campbell's husband.
The victim contacted law enforcement about the harassment in the past, but refrained from pursuing criminal charges after Campbell would stop harassing, according to the arrest affidavit.
The victim told detectives that she received and did not answer calls from a phone number belonging to Campbell's husband at 4:46 p.m. and 7:13 p.m. on February 8, 2019. The victim answered a third call made at 11:55 p.m. and she immediately recognized the voice on the other end as Campbell so she hung up. The phone rang again at 11:59 p.m. and two more times at 12:49 a.m. and the victim did not answer any of the calls. She then turned off her phone for the rest of the night and woke up to find three more missed calls from Campbell's phone, along with three voicemails from Campbell.
The voicemail messages were full of frequently used profanities and made a threat to cause the victim physical harm, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Listen to the messages below (all explicit language has been censored):
During one of the messages, the Vice Mayor said "And this is Maurice Campbell, and I approve that (expletive) message, and you can believe that." In another portion of the voicemail, Campbell said, "I'll beat your (expletive) (expletive) down, you trifling (expletive), stinking (expletive) (expletive). You rotten (expletive), you rotten (expletive)!"
The victim told detectives that the harassment caused her undue stress and anxiety and she believed the threat was credible. She told detectives she thinks the Vice Mayor used her position 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 judgment either" said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Maurice Nelson Campbell has been arrested and taken 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), according to the Sheriff's Office.