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Fremont County deputy put on leave amid investigation; 6th deputy put on leave in 2017

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 13:25:36-04

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. – Another Fremont County sheriff’s deputy has been put on administrative leave—the sixth so far in 2017.

Deputy Brody Koch was put on administrative leave Wednesday over allegations “concerning misuse of force during an arrest,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Koch will be on leave until the internal investigation is concluded. The administrative leave is standard for such investigations.

But Koch is the sixth Fremont County deputy in 5 ½ months to be placed on leave for various reasons.

Two sheriff’s office deputies recently returned to work after being placed on leave. Lt. Bruce Briscoe had been put on leave amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old in 1999, but KRDO reports that no evidence was available after 18 years, and thus no charges were filed by the district attorney.

Deputy Tyler Mattson also returned to work on May 24 after he was put on leave for unknown administrative reasons.

Lt. Robert Dodd retired in April after being put on leave Jan. 1 after evidence relating to an old murder case was found in a storage locker that used to belong to him.

He faces charges on abusing public records and official misconduct.

Sgt. Aaron Hart is on leave amid an internal affairs investigation into some of his DUI stops—concerns that were raised by a Colorado State Patrol officer, KRDO reports.

And Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Brandon Tilley was put on leave in early May after his son arrived to school with multiple bruises. He faces child abuse and assault charges.