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Tulsa sexual assault suspect had been in prison for Oklahoma City attacks

The suspect in seven sexual assaults in Tulsa died after being in a coma from a car crash. He had been in prison for Oklahoma City attacks.
by Nolan Clay Published: July 8, 2014

The recently released felon suspected of seven sexual assaults in Tulsa claimed in prison he had become “a changed and different person.”

“My ways of thinking and doing things are totally different,” Desmond La’don Campbell wrote a judge while incarcerated for attacks on three Oklahoma City women.

“I now realize that society will not put up with nor tolerate the kind of behavior I was displaying,” he stated in the letter filed in January 2009.

Campbell, 30, died Tuesday morning, hours before he was to be charged in the brutal assaults on seven women in Tulsa.

Prosecutors said he would have faced 23 counts for the attacks last month.

Campbell had been in a coma since a car crash June 29, about 10 minutes after he left the seventh victim’s residence, Tulsa police reported. That victim’s driver’s license and other items stolen from her home during the assault were found in the wrecked Honda Civic, police reported.

He had been discharged from an Oklahoma prison April 21, records show.

Campbell, who was in foster care as a teenager, first went to prison after pleading guilty to attempted robbery in December 2002 in Oklahoma County District Court.

The robbery attempt victim told police he held a knife to her throat after approaching her in the lobby of an Oklahoma City hospital, court records show. Police reported Campbell ran when she screamed.

After his release from prison, he attacked an Oklahoma City elementary school teacher in October 2005 inside her classroom. The teacher told police he threatened to kill her if she did not get on her knees, court records show.

Police reported he then fled for some reason but was caught eight days later at the same school trying to get inside. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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