A Las Vegas Metro police officer was taken into custody after a standoff which started on Wednesday, according to North Las Vegas police.
Police said they responded to a report of a suicidal person at 7:30 p.m. in the area of Corn Creek Road and U.S. 95. Police initially said the person may be wanted in connection with a case under investigation by North Las Vegas police.
Responding officers confirmed the person is Officer Bret Theil, of Las Vegas Metro police.
A grand jury returned indictments on Wednesday on Theil for six counts of first-degree kidnapping of a minor, five counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, six counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14 years, four counts of sexual assault with a minor under sixteen years, four counts of sexual assault, and two counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment.
The standoff concluded at 6 a.m. and Theil was taken into custody.
Rangers at the desert wildlife refuge said they heard Officer Theil liked to come out there because it's so quiet.
He seemed pretty straight but pretty silent. He never spoke very much about anything other than he was a police officer," Thiel's father's neighbor Terry Steenfott said. "I have total respect for kids and anybody to do that with children, I just lose all respect for anybody that does that."
Neighbors said Thiel had two children.
"I came over to the house a few times to ask how the dad's doing and (Thiel would) open the door and said he can't talk and he'd close the door right in my face. So that kind of got me suspicious of what's going on ... What puzzles me is I see so much of law enforcement getting in trouble these days."
Phil Ramos is a retired metro homicide detective. He said SWAT teams need to be more careful when dealing with fellow officers.
"The officers know that they're in a whole lot of trouble. At the very least, their career is over. They've brought shame to themselves. To their family. To their coworkers. To the department in general. "There's a level of desperation you might see with officers in that situation that you wouldn't see with other people in general because they know what they're facing ... And cops don't do well in prison."
According to the indictment, the abuse started when the child was nine or 10 years old, in 2005 or 2006.
Police said the preliminary investigation suggested that Theil abused a family member for multiple years before it was brought to the attention of law enforcement officials.
Anyone with additional information is urged to contact North Las Vegas police at 702-633-9111. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
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