Former Berthoud police officer Jeremy Yachlik pleads not guilty to child abuse charges

BERTHOUD, Colo. - A former Berthoud police officer accused by his teenage daughter beating her with ropes and tying her hands has pleaded not guilty to four counts of child abuse and one count of false imprisonment.

Jeremy Yachik appeared in Larimer County Court on Monday. He and his lawyer declined comment.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, Yachik will now face a four-day jury trial, set to begin March 11.

During a voluntary Sept. 27 interview with Loveland investigators, Yachik, who is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 270 pounds, told investigators the teen "won't communicate" with him, the affidavit said. He didn't cite anything the girl had done to warrant these punishments, police wrote.

Loveland police brought charges against him after Yachik's ex-fiance forwarded cell phone video of one of the incidents to police, media and town officials.

Yachlik was placed on leave on Oct. 3 and fired on Oct. 25.

The scandal also resulted in the suspension of the Berthoud chief of police, who is accused of covering up Yachik's misconduct.

Berthoud officials decided to have Larimer County Sheriff's Sgt. John Feyen serve as the town's police chief during the investigation.