Jeremy Yachik, ex-cop: No jail time after beating daughter for eating carrots
Last October, we shared with you the story of Jeremy Yachik, a Bertoud police officer under investigation by cops in Loveland over alleged child abuse caught on video. Yachik was charged with multiple child abuse counts -- and an arrest affidavit alleged punishment of his teenage daughter that included binding her hands with zip ties, locking her in the laundry room and force-feeding her hot sauce for sins such as eating carrots stored in the family refrigerator.
Jeremy Yachik's booking photo. Additional images, videos and documents below.
Now, Yachik has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a single abuse count -- and he won't be spending any time behind bars as a result of his sentence. Details, photos, videos and documents below.
As we've reported, the accusations against Yachik were made by his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Saint-Roberts. At the time of our original report, Saint-Roberts had been charged with domestic violence, third-degree assault and obstructing telephone service, resulting in the following mug shots:
According to the aforementioned police report, Saint-Roberts contacted the Loveland Police Department in late September 2013. During an interview, she "detailed years of physical abuse" allegedly suffered by her and Yachik's daughter when the latter was fifteen. She also shared a video of a man she identified as Yachik punching and choking a girl. The full video is encompassed in news coverage below, but here's a screen capture from the clip, which we've lightened to make the image easier to see:
Saint-Roberts told Loveland investigators that she'd shared the video with Yachik's boss, Berthoud Police Chief Glenn Johnson, but no action was taken. Afterward, she quoted Yachik as telling her, "Nice try...trying to get me fired.... It's not going to work."
Likewise, Weld County Child Protection dropped an investigation into Yachik's alleged abuse after being contacted by Saint-Roberts. But she didn't give up, sharing the video with what are described as "multiple news and police agencies."
Of these, the Loveland PD took the lead, interviewing Yachik's daughter in conjunction with the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins. The police report notes that the teenager "disclosed multiple incidents of child abuse she has suffered. She disclosed being choked, force-fed hot sauce, having her hands bound with plastic zip ties, being locked in rooms, punched, kicked, beaten with ropes, handcuffed and being restricted to eating food."
She added that these incidents had "occurred over several years and were almost a daily occurrence."
In a second interview, the teen got even more specific.
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