Loveland detective charged with felony

GREELEY - A Loveland Police detective at the center of a 9NEWS investigation that aired in May has been charged by a special prosecutor with attempt to influence a public servant -- a felony.

The charges were filed in Larimer County court Wednesday afternoon.

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Earlier this year, court documents filed by the Colorado State public defender allege Loveland Police Det. Brian Koopman committed perjury, or lied on the stand under oath during criminal proceedings in a murder case against Leroy Wallace.

In March 2015, the Weld County District Attorney's Office was appointed by the Larimer County chief judge to investigate whether any criminal acts were committed by Koopman during the investigation and prosecution of Wallace. Wallace took a plea deal and was sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this year.

The summons for Koopman to appear in court will be served to him later this week.

9NEWS spoke with Loveland Police Chief Luke Hecker, who said Koopman has been placed on administrative leave, which per policy starts out being paid.

Hecker said Koopman will have a hearing about the status of his employment.

"As in any case, Det. Koopman is innocent until proven guilty," Hecker said. "He deserves all the rights and privileges as any American and I hope and pray that the process will reveal the truth."

Attempt to influence a public servant is a felony punishable by six years in the Department of Corrections.

"No prosecutor relishes the notion of charging a law enforcement officer with a crime," Weld County DA Michael Rourke said. "However, police officers are held to a higher standard than other members of our community, and when there are allegations that an officer committed a crime, the allegations must be taken very seriously and investigated fully. The level of proof or sufficiency of evidence in a case like this is the same standard of proof necessary before any citizen is accused of a crime."

Koopman is also being sued for his role in the case of another Loveland man, who was the subject of a meth bust that according to court records didn't result in any drugs being found and charges against the man being ultimately dropped.

Jeremy Myers has been suing Koopman since 2009, accusing the detective of lying to put him in jail.

"I dont know what to say i'm just dumbfounded and speechless," Myers said. "Makes me feel amazing and alive, maybe justice can be achieved by the little guy."

(© 2015 KUSA)


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