Concord police officer accused of sexual assault against teen

A Concord Police officer has been accused of sexual assault against a teen.

On February 11, 2016 a female reported to the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office alleging numerous sexual offenses that had been committed against her between August 2009 and January 2015.

The teen told Cabarrus County Officers that Douglas Buckwell, a Concord Police Officer, committed the offenses and that many of the offenses occurred before she was 16 and she is now 18, according to detectives.

Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek placed Officer Buckwell on administrative leave without pay and suspended his police powers pending the outcome of the investigation when the allegations were first made, according to a spokesperson for the City of Concord.

Detectives with Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office conducted an extensive investigation and presented the information to the District Attorney's Office where Buckwell was charged with one count of first degree statutory rape, one count of statutory rape, one count of first degree statutory sex offense, one count of statutory sex offense, one count of indecent liberties with a child, one count of sex act by a substitute parent or custodian and three count of misdemeanor child abuse.

Buckwell was arrested and placed in the Cabarrus County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 bond.

Buckwell is a 19-year veteran of the department and has served as a school resource officer since 2000. He has been with the Central Cabarrus High School since 2002.

The Concord Police Department has no evidence that Buckewell committed any criminal acts while on duty. The department has initiated an administrative investigation and will take appropriate action.

“It’s an understatement to say that today’s events are disappointing to myself and to the men and woman 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," Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek said.

Buckwell's next court date is set for April 14.

The investigation is still ongoing, and if anyone has further information, please contact Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 704-920-3057. 

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