Attorney for former police officer convicted of indecent behavior appeals 5-year sentence

Former Sorrento and Gonzales cop sentenced for sex crime
Owen Ockman Jr. (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Owen Ockman Jr. (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - The attorney for a former police officer convicted on a sex charge did not agree with the sentence handed down by the judge and appealed it.

Owen Ockman Jr., a former officer in Sorrento and Gonzales, was given a five-year prison sentence for indecent behavior with a juvenile. He faced up to seven years in jail.

After his attorney appealed the sentence, the judge set an appeal bond at $125,000. He had been free on $75,000 bond since being found guilty on Aug. 20, 2015.

The 35-year-old molested a teen girl for four years while she was in high school and he was a police officer.

The jury took a little more than two hours to reach the guilty verdict.

The trial lasted two days. Prosecutors and defense attorneys called several witnesses, including the victim and Ockman.

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