Officer on slain student case has quit, takes new police job

FILE - Police blocking access to shooting crime scene at 600 East 500 North in Logan.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A police officer who investigators say failed to relay a report about a University of Utah student’s ex-boyfriend before she was killed has resigned and joined another department.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Miguel Deras quit last week and has been hired to work as an officer in Logan.

Deras’s resignation came after police officials said he made similar errors on a separate domestic violence case and disciplined him.

An investigation into university track athlete Lauren McCluskey’s murder showed missed chances to prevent her death including when Deras did not pass on a report McCluskey made hours before she was killed.

Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen defended hiring Deras to the Tribune and said the officer did nothing “egregiously wrong.” He could not immediately be reached for comment.

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  • Simon Done September 18, 2019 at 1:43 pm Reply

    We don’t want this failure of an officer in our town!

  • Anne hill September 18, 2019 at 11:46 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness really he didn’t do anything that bad as to not be hired up here. Well I beg to differ with chief Jensen. Just how does he figure. What the chief will do to justify his actions. And then he couldn’t be reached does he seriously think people in this community are stupid. He couldn’t be reached because no matter how he tries he can’t justify his actions.

  • Robert September 19, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply

    No no no no no… maybe another police position, but NOT IN A COLLEGE TOWN!

  • Margaret September 19, 2019 at 4:59 pm Reply

    It’s the for a new police chief then. Because hitting him was egregiously wrong. These kind of incidents are exactly why so many people hate and do not respect the Logan police department.

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