Secoy Enters Into Plea Agreement

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A former Nelsonville police officer permanently gave up his peace officer certification in exchange for a reduced sentence on Friday.

Randy Secoy, 41, of Amesville, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of persistent disorderly conduct in Athens County Common Pleas Court. The charge was reduced from a felony charge of abduction.

He was accused of assaulting a teen at the Nelsonville police station after arresting him at a Nelsonville restaurant in March.

The other charges on which Secoy was indicted last year, misdemeanor assault and deprivation of rights, were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Secoy will also be on non-reporting probation for two years and his 30 day jail sentence is suspended as long as he remains a law-abiding citizen, Judge L. Alan Goldsberry ruled.

The teen's father came to the hearing and made a statement, saying the plea deal was not appropriate and that the prosecutor did not have the teen's "best interests" in mind when the plea deal was agreed to.