Jeremy Yachik was a cop who brought his brutality home. His psychopathic behavior led to him being caught on video kicking and beating his 15 year old daughter for the crime of “eating carrots.” He was tried and convicted for abusing his daughter both physically and sexually — with the former being captured on video. However, thanks to a technicality, a court has overturned that conviction and he could soon be a free man.
As TFTP reported at the time, according to court records, the girl told Loveland police investigators that Yachik abused her almost daily for years. The abuse allegedly included restraining her hands with handcuffs or plastic zip ties and then slamming her head into a wall hard enough to leave a hole and choking her until she blacked out, according to a Loveland Police Department arrest affidavit.
The girl also said he beat her with ropes, restricted her food, shackled her in a darkened room for hours and force-fed her “ghost pepper sauce” that’s roughly 10 times hotter than habanero peppers, the affidavit said.
When asked why he was doing these things to his daughter he said that the teen “won’t communicate” with him, according to the affidavit.
Luckily his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Saint-Roberts, caught one of these abusive fits of aggression on video and turned it into police. However, when the allegations were first brought forward, the department tried to cover them up.
After showing the video to Glen Johnson, the Police Chief, Saint-Roberts said they failed to respond and she was forced to find another venue to expose this abuse.
Yachik was originally charged with 4 counts of child abuse resulting in injury, and one count of false imprisonment, somehow all misdemeanor charges, according to police records. Despite the horrifying nature of the video, Yachik received a slap on the wrist and escaped jail, receiving just three years of probation.
After the slap on the wrist, the department was accused of covering for the abusive cop. It was then disbanded as a result.
Two years later, Yachik would then be charged again and found guilty again in 2016. This time for the sexual assault of the same girl. Those charged stemmed from two incidents in which Yachik sexually assaulted his own daughter when she was in the eighth and ninth grade, according to the evidence, which was apparently overwhelming.
He was sentenced to two consecutive 16-year terms in prison.
During the trial for the child sexual assault, prosecutors showed the video of the abuse to show the jury what kind of person Yachik was. This would be used by the defense as a way to overturn this abusive ex-cop’s sentence.
As the Reporter Herald points out:
In the appeal, Yachik argued that the evidence was irrelevant and highly prejudicial, and encouraged the jury to convict him based on prior misconduct.
The prosecution argued that the testimony was important for helping the jury understand why Yachik’s daughter initially lied to protect him and why she delayed reporting the assaults, the opinion said.
In a legal analysis, Judge Gilbert Román concluded that the evidence was not permissible because there is no proof that the physical and sexual abuse were linked or that describing the physical abuse was necessary context for the sexual abuse case.
“Reading through the trial transcript, one might easily forget that the defendant was on trial for sexual assault and believe he was also on trial for charges of child abuse,” Román wrote in the opinion. “The prosecutor used this evidence to paint the defendant in a bad light and appeal to the jury’s emotions.”
Since it cannot be proven that the horrifying physical abuse wasn’t related to the equally horrifying sexual abuse, the judge reversed Yachick’s conviction and remanded the case for a new trial in which the video would not be permitted as evidence.
And this is what we call “justice” in the land of the free.
Below is a portion of the now-inadmissible video. After watching him kicking his own daughter as she begs for help on the floor, do you think this man should be free?