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Rodney Bretches, ex-cop, pleads guilty to sex crime revealed due to nude shower video

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Prior to last year, Rodney Bretches was an award-winning nineteen-year veteran of the Loveland Police Department with a virtually spotless record.

But his career went to hell after he posted a surreptitious video of a woman showering nude -- an error in judgment that revealed his possession of child pornography.

Bretches subsequently resigned from the Loveland force, and now, he's pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child-porn-related crime. Details below.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Bretches's time in a Loveland police uniform was highlighted by his work with the canine unit and particularly a dog named Rocco. He was recognized by a certificate of merit in 2006, and the following year, he and his fellow canine unit members (dogs and humans alike) earned another award.

As for his personal behavior, it appeared to be exemplary. The Coloradoan notes that his record's only blemish prior to last year was a traffic citation in 1985.

But something creepy was going on behind the scenes. In April 2012, an unnamed woman is said to have been shown a still image from a video of her showering. To compound the offense, this clip and others like it were posted online.

Shortly thereafter, a criminal investigation into Bretches was launched, with police focusing on what initially appeared to be a Peeping Tom issue. But computers and other media were seized via a search warrant, and investigators soon found child pornography among the files.

Suddenly, Bretches found himself in even hotter water. On May 25, 2012, the office of 8th Judicial District DA Larry Abrahamson requested and received a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of a sexual-exploitation-of-a-child offense (a class-4 felony) and two counts of unlawful sexual contact -- peeping (both class-1 misdemeanors).

Days later, Bretches resigned from the LPD. Then, yesterday, as detailed by the Loveland Reporter-Herald, he pleaded guilty to the aforementioned felony and one of two unlawful sexual contact beefs.

He's due to be sentenced on August 26, following what are described as a "pre-sentencing investigation and psycho-sexual evaluation," and possible repercussions are severe. The original DA's office release about the charges reveals that the peanlty range for a class-4 felony is two-to-six years behind bars, while class-1 misdemeanors call for punishment of between six months and two years in stir.

Look below to see a larger version of Bretches's mug shot.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa January: "Samuel Carter and Brent Curnow: Boulder cops charged in elk shooting resign."

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