Douglass Buckwell, a Concord North Carolina police officer assigned to the local high school as a resource officer, was charged this week with sexually assaulting his adopted daughter. It is reported that many of the offenses allegedly took place before she was 16-years old.
As first reported by the Independent Tribune, Buckwell was charged Wednesday with first-degree statutory rape, first degree statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with a child, sex act by a substitute parent or custodian, and three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.
He has been placed in the Cabarrus County Detention Center under a $1 million bond.
The case was first reported on February 11, 2016, when allegations were made to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office by Buckwell’s daughter claiming that her adopted father had committed a number of sexual offenses against her between August 2009 and January 2016. Buckwell, a 19-year veteran of the Concord Police Department and a school resource officer since 2000, has been placed on administrative leave without pay and suspended of his police authorities pending the outcome of the investigation.
“It is 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, “Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek said, “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.”
Gacek noted that there was no evidence indicating that Buckwell had committed crimes while on duty at Central Cabarrus High School, but that the investigation is ongoing. Cabarrus County Schools Director of Communications Ronnye Boone said district staff will continue to work with detectives.
“Cabarrus County Schools has fully complied with law enforcement during its investigation and will continue to do so,” she said. “As a matter of public information, Officer Buckwell no longer serves as a School Resource officer for Cabarrus County Schools.”
Thus far, no other reports of additional victims outside of the home have been reported or suspected in the investigation.