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Oklahoman reporter Zeke Campfield arrested; allegedly took upskirt photos at graduation ceremony for Moore high schools

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(Update: For more information on this story, including details that the Oklahoman had received similar complaints on another event Campfield covered, click here.)

We have learned that Zeke Campfield, The Oklahoman reporter who led the open records battle against the Governor’s office, was arrested on assault and battery charges Sunday night at the Cox Convention Center. The arrest took place following graduation ceremonies for Moore’s three high schools.

According to testimony from victims and eye witnesses, Campfield, while working as a photographer for the Oklahoman, intentionally bumped into female students from the tornado ravaged town while attempting to take photographs up their dresses. When confronted, Campfield allegedly deleted the photos from his camera the memory card was not in the camera. He tried to leave the scene, but was held by witnesses until police arrived.

Here are the police reports:

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Those charges are pretty sick and disgusting on their own accord, but they’re made even worse when you consider he allegedly targeted Moore high school students. Remember, they held one super large graduation ceremony for all three high schools because of the tornado. As if the students were not dealing with enough already, now they have to worry about Merve the Perv creepers chasing them around.

I sent Zeke a Twitter DM for comment, but he never replied. He has posted a couple of things to Twitter since the arrest. One of them, some weird buddhist saying, has already been removed. Other than that, it’s a bunch of older tweets. Most of them are questions regarding the Moore tornados that he covered for the Oklahoman. In one tweet, he makes the following statement about the Westboro church:

I guess we’ll find out.

Anyway, this whole thing weirds me out. I met Zeke a couple of times while handling our own open records request with the Governor’s Office. He seemed like an okay guy – Hell, we even made him a punchline on this site a couple of times –  but I guess that goes to show how looks can be deceiving. According to a source within the Ogle Mole Network, this apparently isn’t his  first brush with the law. He has a somewhat of checkered past in his home state of Montana. Based on this report in the Missoulian, he received a 2003 deferred sentence on burglary charges. The felony conviction likely explains why he now goes by his middle name “Zeke,” as opposed to Nathan or Nathaniel.

We’ll have more on this sick, revolting and ultimately sad story as it develops.

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Comments

  1. apparently this isn’t the first time he’s been complained on about this. there are previous instances where he’s been inappropriate with a camera while wearing his media credentials.

  2. Oklahoma’s “most trusted” source for news and deception just tarnished its already nasty reputation a bit more. Don’t they run background checks before hiring?

  3. He interviewed me a couple of times for work and he always seemed more awkward than dangerous.
    What a douchewad.

  4. I quit the Lawton Constitution right as Zeke came onboard. I didn’t really know him but he was a good reporter. Lots of front-page play. I covered the Southmoore High graduation for the Norman Transcript and don’t recall seeing Zeke there. It was a very emotional and sensitive event. Can’t believe he’d do such an insensitive and stupid thing.

  5. Boy, “Steve” was sure upset that the ACLU was helping the Lost Ogle. He was all upset on behalf of Zeke while posting on OKC Talk.

    “I’ll repeat what I said on Twitter: those who want to deprive Oklahoman reporter Zeke Campfield of credit for his hard work are dishonest & are suspect on their agenda. And I’ll add one more thing: the emails show Zeke starting this whole thing, going to battle against Fallin, kept at it, and then OETA’s Bob Sands, The Tulsa World’s Wayne Green, The Oklahoma Gazette’s Clifton Adcock and KOKH’s Phil Cross joining in the fight a couple weeks in. That’s the list, as it was, until December. And Zeke – God bless him – he stuck with it. He kept going and going. Editors kept up the pressure. Fallin came to the newsroom to visit about the matter. By the time the ACLU jumped on board, the emails were being prepped for release. If you REALLY think the governor was able to suddenly crank out all 50,000 emails in 12 hours in response to the ACLU letter, well, yeah, whatever.
    Zeke Campfield and The Oklahoman brought these emails to light. Period.”

    Period. Yeah, Period.

  6. Ironic Tweets from Zeke Campfield: “@ZekeCampfield 17 May
    Great failure is an opportunity for greater redemption”

  7. Sounds like he ditched or ate the card. A knowledgeable person can still tell a lot from the camera even without the card. Mainly investigate if there are missing file numbers from the last photo he will admit to. I don’t doubt the witness’s account, but I have often been asked to stop taking flash photos when I had no flash with me.

  8. What I want to know is how was he getting the camera low enough to get up their dress? Something doesn’t add up here. The story says he was bumping into girls and then snapping pics. Unless he’s a “small people” or whatever the PC term is, I highly doubt his arms would reach low enough to get under even the shortest dress if he was just standing behind them.

    It feels like there is some missing info here.

    • Per the police report a witness stated that the camera was hanging very low and was positioned under the dress and was making shutter/clicking noises. Sounds like the camera was hanging on a cord and he would bump into the victims so that the camera would swing under the dress and he was hitting a remote shutter. If this is true (and it looks that way) not only is he a fooking creep, but he also is a fooking moron for having such a lame ass plan. He needs his ass severely kicked on a regular basis.

  9. this aint the first time he got accused of doing this since he’s been at the oklahoman. right after he was hired there was an incident, but the company looked the other way and didnt fire him

  10. Has the Oklahoman not published this arrest? If this guy was a gardener for a state agency his name would be trotted across the front page. Nice double standard, NewsOK.

    • Come to think of it, wasn’t the Oklahoman leading a crusade to get state employees’ personal info so they could look them up in sex crime databases? The hypocrisy here is absurd. A mere arrest of a non-Oklahoman reporter for such an allegation would get splashy front-page coverage.

  11. Creep or not, I’m not sure how the officer arrested him for a misdemeanor not committed in his presence?

    • I thought the arrest was from one (or more) of the victims pressing charges. Assault and battery. Do you get arrested when that happens?

    • I don’t know if this changes anything, but one of the people who did chase him down that day was, I believe, a security guard. From what I understand, the security guard was there for his own child’s graduation, and saw the guy snapping the photos up skirts. Additionally, people in the crowd also reported seeing the flash go off while the camera was in that position.

  12. You know he went straight to the location he stashed the card after he bailed out.
    Funny part is, even if he formatted the card, SD cards leave a HUGE latency trail of digital information for forensic analysts.

  13. Guilty until proven… Ah, who cares what’s proven, the media says he’s guilty so he must be. Won’t somebody think of the children?

  14. is not this man in orange apparel, a strong supporter of sheriff “lawsuit john” whetsel! one might wonder, has zeke received his dear john letter?

  15. Although I do appreciate you guys reporting these stories there is one problem- He was not working as a “photographer” for the Oklahoman. The police report states he was at the graduation “reporting” for the Oklahoman.

  16. I was outside the Cox Convention Center when citizens noticed what was going on and chased this creep down. I haven’t read all of the comments here, but I did speak to the people who chased him down later. They said his first defense was that he was NOT taking pictures of girls, but had been taking pictures of tornado damage. He then showed the man pictures of damage that were on his camera. However, by the time the police arrived, there were NO photos on his camera, and NO SD card. So, if he had nothing to hide, why did he dump the images?

    Also, this isn’t an important part of the story, but Moore held three separate graduation ceremonies that day, as scheduled. They do this every year, because there isn’t anywhere in Moore large enough to accommodate the students and crowd. The third ceremony that day was Moore High School, and it was after that third ceremony that this creep was captured. I’m sure he was there all day long, though.

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