Saturday, February 21, 2004

Grand jury to consider fake-cop case

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - The case of a Liberty Township man accused of impersonating a police officer and raping a woman was bound over to a Butler County grand jury after a preliminary hearing this week.

Brian Stepp, 30, is charged with kidnapping, impersonating a police officer and two counts of rape. He remains free on bond.

Stepp stopped a woman driver in Hamilton, Butler County sheriff's deputies said.

"He basically told (her) he was an undercover police officer," County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Rick Jones said. "He got her in the car and stated she was under arrest."

Stepp is accused of then driving the woman to an undisclosed location in rural Butler County and raping her, Jones said.

Officials would not release the date of the incident or other details. Police are urging anyone who may have had contact with the suspect to call 785-1300.


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