BERTHOUD, Colo. - A Berthoud police officer who was fired for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl is now charged with sexually abusing a child.
Charges were filed against Jeremy Yachik Sept. 2 for crimes that allegedly happened on Aug. 1, 2010. Yachik was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 9, and was due in court Thursday.
Yachik faces two felony counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust.
Back in July 2014, Yachik was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, 30 days in a jail work-release program and 80 hours of community service for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl.
According to court records, the girl told Loveland police investigators that Yachik abused her almost daily for years. The abuse allegedly included restraining her hands with handcuffs or plastic zip ties and then slamming her head into a wall hard enough to leave a hole and choking her until she blacked out, according to a Loveland Police Department arrest affidavit.
The girl also said he beat her with ropes, restricted her food, shackled her in a darkened room for hours and force-fed her "ghost pepper sauce" that's roughly 10 times hotter than habanero peppers, the affidavit said.
Yachik was fired last October after he allegedly admitted to the abuse. The case also led to the resignation of Police Chief Glenn Johnson. Johnson was accused of ignoring the video of the abuse.
After Yachik was fired and the police chief resigned, Berthoud did away with its police department and contracted with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services.