Ex-cop sex offender charged with impersonating officer

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A former Boardman police officer who resigned in 2007 after he was convicted of having sex with a 17-year-old girl is now facing charges for impersonating a police officer in Vernon Township.

Stephen Kendall, 41, of Salem, was arrested Sunday on a year-old warrant for impersonating a policeman. He was arraigned Tuesday in Trumbull County Eastern District Court on the charge and released on bond.

Reports say Kendall was pulled over for a traffic violation for failing to stop at a stop sign on May 13, 2012. He told Hartford Township police he was a Boardman police officer and showed the officer a Fraternal Order of Police card, reports say.

Kendall also showed the officer an old and worn Boardman Police Department identification card.

The officer allowed Kendall off with a warning but became suspicious when he realized Kendall should have been able to show him his current badge and identification card.

After a short investigation, the officer found Kendall was fired in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition charges for having sex with the girl. Kendall was 34 at the time.

He was sentenced to six months of probation and is a registered sex offender.

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