Listen Online - Listen on Mobile | Mobile App Info

Girl Tells Of Abuse By Police Officer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A suspended Las Vegas police officer is facing a felony child lewdness charge after being accused of groping a family friend’s daughter during tent camping trips.

Police say the officer, 43-year-old Garrett Vandereecken, was arrested Tuesday after the girl reported several groping incidents beginning during a 2008 Memorial Day camping trip with the officer and her parents to Zion National Park in Utah. The girl was 11 at the time.

Vandereecken was later freed on $100,000 bond.

The girl is now 15. Court documents say she told her family about the incidents after taking a school class last year about sexual abuse. Her father initially confronted Vandereeken, then went to police.

Vandereecken had been a police officer since 2008. He is suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


More From CBS Las Vegas

Get Started
Introducing Your New Podcast Network

Listen Live