Concord officer faces sex charges

Published 1:10 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2016

CONCORD — A 19-year veteran of the Concord Police Department has been arrested in connection with allegations of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

The accused, Douglas Alan Buckwell, has been a school resource officer at Central Cabarrus High School since 2002.

The allegations surfaced on Feb. 11, when the young woman, now 18, reported to the Cabarrus Sheriff’s Department that sexual offenses had been committed against her between August 2009 and January 2015. Many of the offenses occurred before she was 16 years old, she told investigators.

The Concord Police Department was informed. Cabarrus detectives conducted an extensive investigation, and the district attorney’s office concluded that charges were appropriate.

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

He faces one count of first-degree statutory rape, one count of first-degree statutory sex offense, one count of indecent liberties with a child, one count of sex act by a substitute parent or custodian and three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

So far, there have been no reports of other victims. The investigation is ongoing.

Police Chief Gary J. Gacek said in a statement that today’s events were disappointing to his entire department.

“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,” Gacek said. “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.”

A Concord Police press release said the department has no evidence that Buckwell committed criminal acts while on duty.

“As with all serious allegations of misconduct, the department has initiated an administrative investigation and will take appropriate employment action based upon a careful review of the facts,” the release said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with further information is asked contact the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 704-920-3057.