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Iowa teen accused of impersonating a cop and searching residents

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A 17-year-old Iowan has been accused of impersonating a police officer and committing sexual assault.

According to KCCI, police said on March 25, 2014, the teen, who was 16 at the time, went to a Marshalltown home and claimed to be a policeman. He then searched the people inside. He is accused of sexually abusing one person, and assaulting two others.

Online court records show that on March 28 the teen was charged with first degree burglary, third degree sexual abuse, assault, third degree harassment, and impersonating a police officer.

KCCI reported that police found out about the incident after the teen went to the police station saying that he was the victim of a phone scam. He reportedly allowed officers to look through his phone and they discovered evidence that he had been posing as a police officer.

On April 1 a motion was made to transfer the charges into juvenile court. Online court records show that on April 2 the charge for impersonation of a public official, third degree harassment, and assault were moved to juvenile court. All other charges were to remain in district court.

He was held on $25,000 bond, according to KCCI. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reported that he was due in court June 6 and that he had pleaded not guilty to the charges.