Ex-Boardman cop arraigned on impersonating-an-officer charge

Staff report


Stephen Kendall, 41, of Washingtonville Road in Salem, appeared Tuesday in Eastern District Court here on a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a police officer.

Kendall, who was fired by the Boardman Police Department in 2007 after being convicted of gross sexual imposition involving a 17-year-old girl, was charged with impersonating May 24, 2012, after a May 13, 2012, traffic stop in Vernon Township.

A Hartford Township police officer made a traffic stop on Kendall’s car at 1:44 a.m. on a stop-sign violation.

The officer said Kendall appeared to be trying to show the officer a credit card with a Fraternal Order of Police insignia on it, so the officer asked Kendall if he were a police officer.

Kendall said yes and that he worked for the Boardman Police Department. He also produced a worn but valid Boardman Police Department ID card, said Sgt. Robert Grexa of the Hartford Police Department.

Kendall was released with a warning.

But the officer became suspicious and called the Boardman Police Department later to ask about Kendall and learned that he had been fired in 2007.

At the time the impersonating charge was filed, an arrest warrant was issued.

But Kendall avoided encounters with police until Monday night, when he was arrested on the warrant, according to records at the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.

Kendall was taken to the Trumbull County Jail and then to court Tuesday, where he entered an innocent plea and was released on $250 cash bond.

He returns to court at 9 a.m. Oct. 17 for a pretrial.

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