Edgewater police sergeant charged with unlawful sexual misconduct

A former Edgewater police sergeant has been indicted on four charges of unlawful sexual contact and one charge of retaliation against a witness after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female officer in two separate incidents and threatened another officer.

Nathan Geerdes, who was most recently employed as an officer with the Black Hawk Police Department, turned himself in Tuesday night and was terminated from that department.

On Dec. 12, 2019, while Geerdes was employed at the Edgewater Police Department, he allegedly sexually assaulted a female officer in two separate incidents after leaving a holiday party, according to a news release from the Jefferson and Gilpin counties District Attorney’s Office.

Two misdemeanor charges and two felony charges of unlawful sexual contact were filed for these incidents.

In December 2020, Edgewater retained an independent investigator to investigate the allegations, and the investigation was completed in February 2021.

Geerdes was informed he may be “disciplined” based on the findings, and he resigned soon after on March 15, 2021.

Before his last day, though, he called a patrol officer into his office.

“It is alleged that Geerdes was upset with the officer for ‘ratting him out’ and falsifying information during the investigation,” the news release stated. “The victim further alleges that Geerdes threatened to ruin the officer’s career and go after the officer’s family.”

This incident resulted in the additional retaliation charge, a felony.

Geerdes was hired by the Black Hawk Police Department in September 2021.

He is being held without bond at the Jefferson County Jail.

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