LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4)– A Longmont police officer has been arrested on sexual assault charges after he turned himself in to authorities.
Christopher Martinchick has been arrested on two counts of sexual assault, a class three felony and two counts of criminal invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, a misdemeanor.
An arrest warrant was issued on Monday for Martinchick, 43. He turned himself in at the Larimer County Jail on Wednesday morning where he remains on a $25,000 bond.
Martinchick remains on paid leave.
Police in Longmont said these charges are an embarrassment for the department.
“Of course we are very disappointed that one of our officers would be accused of such a serious crime. We would like the public to know the Longmont Police service holds the trust of the public as sacred and we don’t like it when this occurs. And obviously we would like to correct this,” said Longmont Police Department spokesman Craig Earhart.
Martinchick has been with the department for 12 years. He was assigned to the traffic unit. He is married.
The charges come from an incident that would have happened at least two times. The alleged victim in the case is an adult female.
According to the arrest affidavit the victim and Martinchick know each other. The victim told police she took a muscle relaxer and NyQuil and fell asleep in her underwear.
According to the affidavit, Martinchick then attacked her. In a second incident she awoke with him taking pictures of her naked.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the allegations on July 2. Detectives confiscated 22 photos that included nude photos taken of the victim without her consent.
The affidavit states that Martinchick confessed and admitted he has a sex addiction for which he was seeking professional help.
Police in Longmont believe there is no threat to the general public. They also state that the charges are not in relation to Martinchick’s employment as a police officer.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.