Chad Deal 8:22 p.m., May 20
Disgraced Carlsbad cop has completed his “treatment”
Former police detective took evidence in front of witnesses
Michael Christian Koch admitted burglary, when he took heroin from the evidence room at Carlsbad police headquarters, the crime happened January 19, 2012.
The 18-year-veteran was a vice and narcotics detective at the time of the incident.
Koch was in court this month, February 2013, for a “review hearing;” at that time his attorney stated that he might file a motion requesting to have Koch’s felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.
In his court file, there is a letter from a psychologist stating that Koch has attended “group therapy” since May 2012, when he admitted guilt and made a plea deal. The doctor said the former cop has “progressed” and he is scheduled to complete his treatment program this month. The letter is dated January 22, 2013, and signed by Dr. Todd Pizitz, PhD.
Forty-five-year-old Michael Koch is scheduled to be on formal probation until June 2015.
Koch’s next review hearing is set for June 11 2013, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.