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LANCASTER, Pa. – On the morning of March 8, 2014, Lancaster police Sergeant Raymond Corll and two other officers arrested a man they said was drunk in public.

Now, almost two years later, Corll is now facing perjury and other charges stemming from that case.

Corll testified against Steven Widdowson in trial last July, saying Widdowson was visibly drunk as he and a friend were walking near Queen and Chestnut streets.

But the city's video surveillance system showed Widdowson, who was convicted but later had the conviction overturned on appeal, did not appear to be drunk.

Widdowson and his attorney Devon Jacob did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but issued a statement instead.

“On behalf of Steven Widdowson, I want to thank the Lancaster County District Attorney for referring the criminal investigation…to the Pennsylvania Attorney General`s Office,” Jacob said in a statement e-mailed to FOX43. “Mr. Widdowson has fully cooperated in the criminal investigation and will continue to do so.  Mr. Widdowson and I are calling on the City of Lancaster to immediately terminate Sgt. Corll`s employment.”

Sergeant Corll, who has served in the Lancaster Bureau of Police since 2000, has been on leave since November. He faces perjury, false swearing, official oppression and simple assault charges.

Lancaster mayor Richard Gray says the city found out Monday that Corll would be charged.

“Our entire Administration views this matter with grave concern,” he said in a statement. “We believe that the behavior alleged is serious and unacceptable. This is not in keeping with the standards we set for our Police, nor with the standards City Police meet and exceed every day.”

Bail has been set at $20,000. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 8.

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