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Campbell town police chief put on leave for alleged ID theft of Tea Party activist

TOWN OF CAMPBELL, WI (WTAQ) - A police chief near La Crosse has been put on paid leave, after he was suspected of retaliating against a tea party activist by stealing his identity.

Chief Tim Kelemen of the town of Campbell was put on leave by the Town Board during a special meeting Thursday. He's been accused of using activist Greg Luce's name to create accounts on pornographic and dating Web sites.

Kelemen's lawyer said the move to put his client on leave did not imply guilt. Board chairman Scott Johnson said his panel won't consider possible disciplinary action until prosecutors decide whether to file charges.

Kelemen came into conflict with Luce when the tea party group put up signs at an Interstate 90 overpass calling for President Obama's impeachment. The signs prompted the town to pass an ordinance against such activity.

Chief Kelemen called it a safety measure, but tea party members have filed suit to get the ordinance struck down. Luce is seeking damages against Kelemen for invading his privacy, and violating his right to petition the government without retaliation.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)