DENVER — The town of Berthoud’s police chief and a second officer were on leave and under criminal investigation Monday.
Earlier in the day it was reported that a Sergeant from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was acting police chief for Berthoud.
FOX31 Denver spoke with the accuser in this case Monday night and obtained a video she says she turned over to Berthoud police in April, and the police chief did nothing about it.
The accuser claims the video shows her ex-boyfriend, a Berthoud police officer, allegedly beating his child.
A warning: the video the accuser claims she sent to police is difficult to watch.
FOX31 Denver verified the video was shot by the woman who claims it shows a Berthoud police officer repeatedly striking a child. We are not identifying the accuser at her request.
The video shows a man hitting the child and then kicking her.
The woman gave an exclusive interview to FOX31 Denver.
“It was a video that I [mailed] out to several agencies,” she says.
The woman took the video because she says she once dated the officer. We are not naming the officer because even though he is under investigation he has not been charged.
The accuser says she sent the video to the Berthoud Police Department last spring.
“I emailed the video to the chief in April,” she says.
A Berthoud town official says two weeks ago Loveland police served a search warrant on the Berthoud Police Department and seized chief Glenn Johnson’s computer and other evidence.
A short time later the city suspended the chief and the other officer.
FOX31 Denver reached the accused officer at his home but he declined to comment. The officer asked the public for patience. He claims the truth will eventually come forward.
Two different sources with allegiances to the Berthoud Police Department tell us the woman is going to be charged criminally for domestic violence.
The town is going to hold a public meeting Tuesday evening to inform residents about what is happening with the police department.
Berthoud officials said late Monday night that the Larimer County District Attorney and Loveland Police Department are conducting a criminal investigation of two officers. No charges have been filed.
Here is a statement from the town’s website:
“…to ensure that the police department is fully capable of serving and protecting Town members, the officers against whom the allegations have been made have been placed on temporary administrative leave. In the interim, the Town has engaged the services of an independent agency to conduct an internal investigation and to assist the Berthoud police department in their day to day operations.”
Town officials say police services for Berthoud residents are not impacted.
Berthoud is four miles west of I-25 just south of Loveland.