Boulder detective accused of tipping off sex assault suspect is charged

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BOULDER, Colo. — Jack Gardner, the Boulder detective who is accused of tipping off a suspect in an Internet sexual exploitation of a child case, was charged Wednesday.

Gardner, 56, faces a felony charge of being an accessory to a crime and misdemeanor counts of first-degree official misconduct and obstructing a peace officer.

Investigators say Gardner, who worked in an office that investigates internet crimes against children, allegedly sent an email from a work laptop warning suspect Kahlil Peckham not to meet with a 13-year-old girl the suspect had allegedly contacted online. The meeting was actually a BPD sting meant to trap Peckham.

Gardner is free on bond. He is on an unpaid personal leave from the police department.

According to the arrest affidavit, Gardner was upset that he was not included in the planned sting operation.

On June 13, police searched Peckham’s home and found pornographic images of children and evidence of a chat with a 15-year-old girl living in Connecticut.

Detectives also found an email saying “WARNING!!! DO NOT MEET TODAY W/13 YOA GIRL!!” Investigators discovered the email was sent from a computer in the Boulder Police Department.

Gardner admitted he set up the account that sent the email, but said he left it open and on the screen of his Mackbook and left his work station. He claimed another person sent the message while he was away from his desk, the affidavit said.