An officer with the Berthoud Police Department in Colo. was arrested at his home on the morning of Oct. 23 and charged with four counts of child abuse and one count of false imprisonment involving his then 15-year-old daughter.
Officer Jeremy Yachik, 35, from Loveland, Colo. was accused of physically abusing his daughter between July and Oct. 2012, according to The Denver Post.
Officer Yachik’s ex-fiancée provided the information leading to the bad dad’s arrest. The woman sent an e-mail to local officials accusing Yachik of child abuse. Her e-mail also contained an embedded video depicting a “recording of a child being choked, punched and kicked by an adult male.”
Yachick, his daughter, and Yachik’s home living room were all positively identified in the video recording.
The arrest papers stated that:
… Yachik's daughter told interviewers at the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins that she had been choked; force-fed hot sauce; bound with handcuffs and plastic zip ties; locked in rooms; punched and kicked; beaten with ropes; and prevented from eating.
She said the abuse occurred almost daily for several years. When the girl was interviewed again by detectives Friday, she confirmed what she told child advocates.
Yachik was released from prison after posting a $1,500 bond, and is due back in court to face charges on Nov. 12.
If convicted, Jeremy Yachik could face up to 18 months in prison for each of the four child abuse charges, plus up to an additional year on the false imprisonment charge.
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