Metro Officer Arrested, Booked into the CCDC
Charged with Lewdness with a Child Under 14
Released on Bond Less Than Six Hours later.
Metro’s Juvenile Sexual Abuse Detail arrested 43-year-old Officer Garrett Vandereecken earlier
this afternoon last week. The four-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center, with a $100,000 bond was released from the CCDC in less than six hours after his arrest on a $100,000 bond. He was charged with one count of NRS 201.230 Lewdness with child under 14 years, a felony. Per LVMPD policy, a felony arrest triggers an automatic unpaid suspension while the case is being adjudicated.
Vandereecken voluntarily surrendered to detectives downtown shortly before 3 p.m on May 22nd. and was taken into custody without incident
Officials have not discussed the actions Vandereecken is being accused of, or what relationship he had with the alleged victim. If convicted, the officer faces a life with the possibility of parole after 10 years and a $10,000 fine.
Vandereecken has been employed with Metro for four years and was assigned to the Northwest Area Command, Patrol Division, according to a Metro official. Vandereecken was also part of the LVMPD’s winning team in the 2009, “Battle of the Bratwurst” held at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino.
This is the second time this year a Metro officer found himself facing lewdness charges. John Norman, a Metro Patrol officer, was arrested on felony charges of NRS 207.190 Coercion and NRS 197.200 Oppression under color of office as well as misdemeanor charges of NRS 201.210 Open or gross lewdness. Norman’s arrest stemmed from allegations by two woman who claimed that Norman forced them, on separate occasions, to expose their breasts during traffic stops.
According to Transparent Nevada taxpayers paid Garrett Vandereecken $104,651.10 in Total pay Pay & Benefits in 2011.
- A Look Back – Michael Ramirez – The Insistent Voyeur (clarkcountycriminalcops.wordpress.com)
- Obey, Submit, Comply: A Rape Model Created by Law Enforcement (copblock.org)