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December 20, 2014

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Metro officer arrested, accused of lewdness with a minor

Garrett Vandereecken

Garrett Vandereecken

Metro Police arrested one of their own today – a 43-year-old Metro officer accused of lewdness with a minor under 14.

Officer Garrett Vandereecken was arrested by Metro’s juvenile sexual abuse detail about 3 p.m. at the Clark County Detention Center and faces a felony charge of lewdness with a minor, police said.

Vandereecken had voluntarily surrendered to Metro detectives and was booked at the detention center, where he remains in custody, police said.

According to police, Vandereecken has been relieved of duty without pay pending the outcomes of ongoing criminal and internal investigations.

Vandereecken has been employed with Metro for four years. Before his arrest he was assigned to the Northwest Area Command, Patrol Division.

Metro did not release any other details related to the case.

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  1. Sins of the flesh. If this officer is guilty which it looks very possible, he is worse than a sex offender, he was a trusted officer with more than his job to lose. He betrayed all of his brother officers, family, friends. For just a touchie feelie. What a loser.

  2. @Aaronboy.."He betrayed all of his brother officers, family, friends."

    This guy is charged with performing a sexually deviant act with a child and your worried about how betrayed his "brother officers" feel. Give me a break. These "brother officers" are more than three times as likely to end up facing these types of charges than the general public, so "betrayed" isn't the word I would use.

  3. Is there something wrong with recruiting? Candidates need to see themselves as social workers and public servants, not macho and not self-absorbed with their own "sexuality."