Officer seeking revenge against his colleagues tips off sex offender of sting operationBy Mason White 2:28 PM September 29, 2014
|Officer Jack Gardner (left) and Kahlil Peckham|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was arrested and suspended from the job after he tipped off a sex offender about a sting operation.
Detective Jack Gardner, 56, of Colorado, was accused of hindering an investigation.
Gardner worked for the Boulder County police for the past 16 years. Now, he may lose his job after detectives said that he alerted a suspect, who was wanted for sexual exploitation.
The suspect, Kahlil Peckham, 29, was communicating with an undercover agent who posed as a 13-year-old girl.
Peckham exchanged many explicit text messages with the girl and was prepared to meet the girl who lived in Connecticut.
Peckham met the girl through Craigslist, and he wanted to meet her in person for sex. Officers were preparing to meet with Peckham when Gardner allegedly sent him a warning email message not to meet with the 13-year-old girl because it was a set up.
Officers traced the email to a computer, which they said only Gardner had access to it at the time. District Attorney Pete Weir said that Gardner, was upset because he was excluded from this specific investigation.
Gardner was arrested on charges of accessory to Internet luring, official misconduct and obstructing government operations.