By Jessica Maher
FORT COLLINS - Former Loveland Police Officer Rodney Bretches made a brief appearance in Larimer County Court on Monday and was issued a six-week continuance in his case alleging child pornography possession.
Bretches, 48, appeared before 8th Judicial District Judge Stephen Howard for the status conference. He was with his attorney, Derek Samuelson, and was granted a six-week continuance based on incomplete discovery.
He is due back in court for a disposition hearing on Sept. 6.
Bretches was arrested in late May after his colleagues at the Loveland Police Department searched his home and allegedly found videos and photographs depicting child pornography. Police began investigating the 19-year force veteran after a woman reported that he had secretly recorded her showering at his home and then shared it online.
Bretches faces a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a child, an allegation for which he could receive up to six years in prison if convicted, as well as two misdemeanor peeping charges that carry up to 24 months in prison upon conviction. At his last court appearance, Samuelson asked the judge to set the case over for a possible plea agreement.
Samuelson did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Until his mid-June resignation, Bretches had been on paid administrative leave from the Loveland Police Department.