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Lauren McCluskey | University of Utah

Utah lawmaker says case motivated him to sponsor proposal to change criminal code

SALT LAKE CITY — The former University of Utah police officer who showed an explicit photo of student Lauren McCluskey to colleagues at the scene of her murder and in other settings won’t face criminal charges for doing so.

Utah’s laws provide no avenue to prosecute Miguel Deras, said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. He is now working with a state lawmaker to clarify that it’s a crime for law enforcers to share a victim’s private information with those not on the case.

“I think the anger or the frustration people feel, that is legitimate,” Gill said. “But there is just not a criminal remedy that is available. And it was not for lack of trying to find it. It was frustrating for our team.”

Parolee Melvin Shawn Rowland, 37, shot and killed McCluskey on campus on Oct. 22, 2018, before taking his own life, Salt Lake police said. She had ended their relationship roughly two weeks earlier after learning he was a registered sex offender who had lied about his identity and age.

Rowland responded by stalking …read more

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