NY dad pleads guilty to kidnapping superintendent

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Posted: Nov 24, 2009 5:29 PM

A former New York City police officer has admitted he held a suburban school superintendent at gunpoint in June.

Peter Cocker pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of kidnapping before state Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bartlett in New City.

He faces five years in jail.

Police say the 37-year-old Tappan resident stormed into a middle school on June 9 and threatened to shoot South Orangetown Superintendent Ken Mitchell. Mitchell disarmed him and was not harmed.

Prosecutors say Cocker had a sick child and was upset over the school district's swine flu policy.

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