Ex-Loveland cop pleads guilty to child pornography charges
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Former Loveland police officer Rodney Bretches pleaded guilty in a Fort Collins courtroom Monday morning to felony and misdemeanor child pornography charges, forfeiting his right to a jury trail.
According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the 48-year-old ex-officer was arrested in May 2012 after allegations surrounding sharing child pornography and a video of a woman showering over the Internet.
A search warrant for Bretches’ residence was served on May 22 after a woman accused him of filming her in the shower and then posting the video to several pornographic websites. Upon searching his home, police discovered more than 20 pornographic images of children.
Bretches, who had been working for the Loveland police department for 19 years, resigned from his position last June, three weeks after he was arrested. He was one of the department’s first police dog handlers and has given K9 presentations throughout the community.
After Monday’s hearing, 8th Judicial District Court judge Stephen Howard requested a pre-sentencing investigation and psycho-sexual evaluation before Bretches’ official sentencing on Aug. 26.
Bretches’ attorney, Jonathan Willett, did not offer any comment on the case, but asked the judge to consider giving his client a 15-year probationary sentence.
The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison. The misdemeanor charge could lead to 24 months in prison.
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