Cordell, Okla. – Cordell Police are dealing with the arrest of one of their own.
Former Officer Evan Riddle was jailed Thursday after police say Cordell schools accused him of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student.
Police Chief Daniel Allen says Riddle was fired immediately.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations says the 22-year-old man now faces two counts of rape in the second degree and one count of forcible sodomy.
Chief Allen was clearly outraged in the letter he wrote to the community. It said in part,
“Mr. Riddle has violated my trust, that of his colleagues, and moreover the trust of this community. His actions have severely affected all of us who held trust in him – whether personally or professionally.”
The Chief says he recognizes Riddle could be innocent, but says school officials first notified him about a possible inappropriate relationship between Riddle and a student.
The 22-year-old only worked for the department for eight months according to the CLEET certification. He finished training in Aug.
For five of those months, investigators believe he was having sex with the teenager at his home and her home.
Below is the letter Chief Allen wrote after the arrest:
I am angered, disappointed, and saddened that Mr. Riddle has acted in such a manner which may be contradictory to law and is contradictory to proper professional conduct and high ethical standards. Although his innocence or guilt will be decided in a proper court of law, I am confident in my decision to terminate his employment. He has, at minimum, violated the core values of this department.
Mr. Riddle has violated my trust, that of his colleagues, and moreover the trust of this community. His actions have severely affected all of us who held trust in him – whether personally or professionally.
I must say, as the Chief of this department, that I take these allegations seriously. I will not tolerate behaviors which violate the high ethical and moral standards I expect in this department. In a time where public trust is so precious, events such as this only serve to destroy that exact public trust this department seeks to earn. I extend my sincere apologies for the actions of this officer. Let there be no doubt, this department shares in the outrage and disappointment of this event. Be confident that immoral, unethical, or illegal activities by any member of this department will be handled swiftly and harshly in full accordance with applicable policies, procedures, and laws.
Chief of Police