Friday, September 12, 2008

Officer Chad Broder Accused of Fondling Handcuffed Teen

A 25-year-old Erie police officer has been arrested for investigation of unlawful sexual contact and attempted sexual assault of a young woman he had taken into custody.

The officer, Chad Aaron Broder, 25, allegedly fondled an 18-year-old woman whom he arrested for violating a restraining order.

According to Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych, Broder handled the arrest differently than most, placing the cuffed hands of the woman in front of her and letting her ride in the front passenger seat of the police cruiser.

Tymkowych said it is standard procedure to place arrested individuals in the back seat and to cuff their hands behind them.

The incident allegedly occurred the night of Aug. 31 in the 2400 block of O Street in Greeley.

Tymkowych said that Broder purportedly started talking to the young woman and then started kissing and fondling her.

The woman said she rebuffed Broder.

After she was released from custody, she told friends, who told a Longmont police officer. The Longmont officer told the woman she needed to report the incident.

Greeley police did an additional investigation after being informed of the allegations. The investigation was aided by the fact that Broder told the 18-year-old how he could be contacted.

There was an exchange of e-mails between the woman and Broder. The content of the e-mails "showed that what she claimed had happened did happen," said Tymkowych.

Broder was arrested at his home in Frederick at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Tymkowych said Broder has been with the Erie department for at least two years.

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