Police sergeant found guilty of perjury and other crimes by Lancaster County jury

March 31, 2017 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a jury has found a former Lancaster City Bureau of Police sergeant guilty of perjury following a trial in Lancaster County.

Raymond M. Corll, 55, also was found guilty of simple assault, false swearing and official oppression. He was charged in part for providing false statements regarding his 2014 arrest of a man for public drunkenness.

“This was a disturbing case where a law enforcement officer abused his authority and the public’s trust,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “As I’ve said since taking office, we’ll pursue prosecutions against any public official who abuses their power or the public’s trust. No one is above the law.”

Corll testified under oath that the man he arrested was clearly intoxicated, saying he was staggering the entire width of a 15-foot-wide sidewalk and was unaware of his surroundings. Deputy Attorney General Megan V. Madaffari, who prosecuted the case, presented video footage to the jury that showed the man Corll arrested was in fact walking normally prior to being taken into custody. Further video captured during processing at the police station confirmed the man did not appear to be intoxicated.

Corll took the man to the ground and punched him in the face during the incident. The jury heard testimony from two Lancaster city police officers, who both testified the punch was unwarranted.

Corll’s sentencing date will be scheduled in the near future.

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