BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4) – A former Berthoud police officer accused of punching and kicking his teenage daughter appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday.
Jeremy Yachik, 35, was fired as an officer last month. He was arrested Oct. 23 for investigation of child abuse and false imprisonment.
Despite the heavy media presence Yachik never made eye contact with the media or answered any questions as he walked into the Larimer County courthouse for his advisement hearing without an attorney.
Yachik was advised of his rights in a pre-recorded courtroom video.
Yachic’s arrest stems from a video showing him allegedly yelling and kicking his then 15-year-old daughter. The video was taken by his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Saint-Roberts.
Saint-Roberts reportedly sent the video to Berthoud Police Chief Glen Johnson, who did not seek disciplinary action against Yachik. Johnson is now on leave until the investigation is resolved.
Yachik is accused of physically abusing his teenage daughter on at least four occasions between July 1 and Oct. 2 in 2012.
Both the Berthoud Police Department and town administrators have released few details about the internal investigation.
“Our attorney is working with both Loveland and the (district attorney’s) office, I think, but until they tell us more we just aren’t privileged enough to know more,” Berthoud City Manager Mike Hart said.
Yachik is out on bond and will be back in court for his arraignment on Dec. 2.
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