DENVER -- A veteran police officer of the Broomfield Police Department was arrested on child abuse charges over the weekend after his stepdaughter was stunned with a Taser gun in the eye.
Officer William A. Skip Van Ardsdale, 42, of Broomfield was released on a summons after being booked on charges of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and criminal negligence.
Tom Deland of the Adams County District Attorney's office said Van Ardsdale was showing the girl how to test the Taser at his home when it struck her in they eye on Nov. 20.
Van Ardsdale faces two to eight years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000 if found guilty of the Class 4 felony.
Deland said Van Ardsdale will be put on modified duty for the duration of the investigation and will not be allowed to carry a firearm or Taser. Van Ardsdale's court date is scheduled for Feb. 20.
Deland said Van Ardsdale is a motorcycle officer who is well known in Broomfield for his role in organizing the Broomfield Santa Cops program that collects and distributes holiday gifts to area children in need.