Crime & Courts

Concord police officer accused of sexually assaulting a minor

A Concord police officer and school resource officer is accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Douglas Buckwell, 46, is accused of assaulting the victim, now 18, between August 2009 and January 2015.

The victim filed a report with the sheriff's office Feb. 11. She said she was assaulted numerous times before she was 16 years old.

The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office conducted an extensive investigation before arresting Buckwell, a 19-year-veteran with the Concord Police Department.

Buckwell has also been a school resource officer since 2000. He has been assigned to Central Cabarrus High School since 2002.

Concord Police Chief Gary J. Gacek released the following statement Wednesday:

“It’s an understatement to say that today’s events are disappointing to myself and to the men and women of the Concord Police Department who work tirelessly on behalf of the residents, visitors and businesses of Concord.

“Although Officer Buckwell will surely have his day in court, the criminal allegations are horrific and indeed go counter to everything a law enforcement officer must stand for as a guardian of their community – and their family.

“Our badge of office has been tarnished today. But for those of us who dedicate our lives to making the City of Concord a great and safe place to live, we will not let today’s events distract us from the important work we took an oath to perform.”

Police said the allegations did not stem from Buckwell’s role as a police officer.

Buckwell is charged with first-degree statutory rape, statutory rape, first-degree statutory sex offense, statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with a child and three counts of child abuse.

Buckwell was jailed on $1 million bail.

Buckwell was placed on administrative leave without pay immediately following the criminal allegations.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 704-920-3057.

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