Former Berthoud police officer pleads not guilty in child abuse case

Jeremy Yachik (Photo: Loveland Police)

Jeremy Yachik (Photo: Loveland Police)

LOVELAND, Colo. — A former Berthoud police officer who was charged with child abuse made an appearance in court Monday.

Jeremy Yachik, 35, was arrested after his ex-girlfriend claimed she sent video of him striking a child to law enforcement. He was suspended from the police force and later fired.

Yachik pleaded not guilty to the charges against him Monday. His next court appearance was set for March 11, 2014.

The accuser’s video tape was first seen on FOX31 Denver News earlier in October.

On Sept. 24, Loveland Police received an email outlining child abuse allegations that Yachik had physically abused a juvenile over the last several months.

The woman who sent the videotape claimed law enforcement did nothing about it after receiving it. The police chief in Berthoud was also suspended as part of the investigation.

A sheriff’s deputy from Larimer County is serving as Berthoud’s interim police chief.