Former Concord officer will serve up to 20 years

Local - 4/22/2014 5:48 PM by Stuart Hammer

PRINCETON – A former Concord University police officer is sentenced to prison today after pleading guilty to sex crimes.

Randy Cordle, 47, is sentenced to 10 to 20 years in the state penitentiary Tuesday with family and friends in the gallery.

Judge Derek Swope sentenced Cordle on a sexual abuse by a custodian charge which carries with it the 10 to 20 years. It was part of a plea bargain with the state which dropped several other charges.

Cordle was arrested in June of 2012 and was on home confinement for the last two years.

Defense attorney Ward Morgan represented Cordle and he was asking the judge for alternative sentencing in court.

“Mr. Cordle is a good man who did a very bad thing. And he's paying a pretty heavy price on this,” says Morgan.

Sgt. Melissa Clemons with the State Police represented the prosecution, she says the judge followed through with what the crime deserved.

“Due to the nature of the crime that Mr. Cordle committed, the judge stated that he felt the right thing to do for society and for the victim would be to sentence him for the 10 to 20.”

Sgt. Clemons added that none of the abuse happened at the university.


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