Former Berthoud Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse
BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4)– The case of a former Berthoud Police Officer that included allegations of child abuse and led to the resignation of the town’s police officer is over.
Jeremy Yachik pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse in exchange for the other three counts being dismissed.
Berthoud’s former police chief Glenn Johnson turned in his resignation after he was investigated for his handing of a child abuse case involving Yachik.
Yachik was fired in October 2013 after he was accused of physically abusing his teenage daughter on at least four occasions the year before.
Yachik was arrested Oct. 23, 2013 on a warrant charging him with four counts of child abuse resulting in injury and one count of false imprisonment, which are all misdemeanor charges.
Yachik was arrested about one month after Berthoud town board members and Loveland police received an email from Yachik’s former fiancee accusing him of abuse. The email included a video recording of a child being choked, punched and kicked by an adult male.
His former fiancee told investigators that she attempted to report the incident to Johnson, but she received no response.
Yachik said the video was taken at least two years ago and that his ex had an ulterior motive, “The video was taken by my ex in an attempt to blackmail me.”
Ashley Saint Roberts was his then girlfriend. In March they had a fight in their Loveland home and police were called.
Saint Roberts was arrested on domestic violence charges.
Yachik says that’s when she mailed the old tape to his chief.
After the tape was made public the Loveland Police Department was asked to investigate and arrested Yachik.