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John Reinhart, Commerce City Cop, Accused of Being a Serial Groper

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Sex-crime charges against police officers are rare, but not unknown.

In 2010, for instance, Denver Police Department officer Hector Paez was accused of forcing a woman to perform a sex act to avoid going to jail

And in 2014, DPD Detective Michael Ryan was cited for receiving oral sex from a known prostitute in a parked car.

The latest law enforcer facing sex-related allegations? John Reinhart, who resigned from the Commerce City Police Department after being hit with three counts of unlawful sexual contact.

A press conference featuring 17th Judicial District DA Dave Young and Commerce City Police Chief Troy Smith was held yesterday to announce the allegations against Reinhart, 22, who was hired by the CCPD in August 2014.

However, the amount of information revealed was quite limited, owing to the ongoing investigation.

At the announcement, seen in a video on view below, Young noted that the charges stem from incidents that took place last September and December. After the first alleged victim reported being touched in a sexual way by Reinhart, two others spoke up.

Young stressed that what Reinhart is accused of doing "is not sexual assault or rape — and it is a class one misdemeanor," with a possible sentence for each count of up to two years in county jail and a maximum $5,000 fine.

The DA's office encourages anyone with information about the case to contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigations tip line at 303-239-4611. Reinhart is due back in court in May.

Here's the press conference video, courtesy of 7News.


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