Brandon Campo sentenced to 180 days in drug case



Brandon Campo was remanded in to the custody of the Sheriff’s office after being sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Bree Gannon and Zach Read

Eight months after his initial arrest for drug charges, Brandon Campo, former Ashland University employee and son of AU President Carlos Campo, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Campo plead guilty on Dec. 12 to child endangerment and possession of Schedule IV drugs, both first degree misdemeanors. Ashland Municipal Court Judge John Good gave Campo the maximum possible sentence on the child endangerment charge.

Good addressed Campo about his reasoning for the sentence he gave him.

“I think anything less than the maximum sentence would be demeaning to the seriousness of your conduct,” Good said. “I’m not sure a maximum sentence isn’t demeaning to the seriousness of your conduct, but it’s all I’ve got.”

Judge Good also brought up Campo’s substantial criminal background as well as revealed that he has two outstanding warrants for his arrest in the state of Virginia.

His past charges dating back to 2007 include burglary, numerous OVI offenses, theft, public intoxication, identity theft, forgery, purchase of alcohol for underage consumption, multiple probation violations, trespassing, drug possession and drug trafficking.

In December, Good ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted so he could get more information on the case. After reviewing the reports, he noted that while Campo was an employee of the university, he was purchasing drugs from a student on campus.

Campo also arranged for drug deals to be made at his residence, where he lives with his parents, wife and child. Good said there was evidence on Campo’s phone that he also bought black tar heroin from Colorado and had it shipped to that same residence.

“You have a duty as an administrator at that university to get drug dealers off that campus,” Good said. “This was a student at the university that you were buying drugs from. Instead of turning him in to the police, which was your job, you gave him money.”

When Campo’s cell phone was seized by law enforcement, Good said they not only found evidence of drug transactions but also found sexually orientated videos of him and his wife, Madeline Campo, that were filmed in their residence. Those videos were posted to the internet for money.

Good also said that there were two videos where their son was visible in the background while the couple engaged in sexual activity, which he said added to the seriousness of the child endangerment charge.

Good questioned the hiring process of the university and also mentioned a written letter from an AU administrator that stated how Campo’s poor choices was a one-off experience and was not a reflection of his character.

“Who does the background checks when they hire at Ashland University?” Good said. “Because this is not a one-off experience. You have a criminal record that is extremely extensive. If I were a parent of a student at that university, I would be absolutely outraged that someone like you was working there in a position of trust.”

Good also commented that because of his prior records and current warrants, Campo was not a candidate for probation.

Campo was remanded into the custody of the Ashland County Sheriff’s office after sentencing to serve his jail sentence.

Campo’s wife, Madeline, was also sentenced today after she plead guilty to minor misdemeanor charges of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. She was also charged with child endangerment but the charge was dismissed on Dec. 12 in exchange for her guilty pleas.

Judge Good recognized that Madeline had no prior record, which ultimately lessened her sentence.

“I regret my actions, especially the consequences of everyone that I care about,” Madeline said. “I want to face the consequences.”

Madeline was ordered to pay $300 in fines and court costs as well as a one year license suspension with the possibility of privileges upon a passed drug test.