Arroyo Grande man receives home detention for impersonating officer

August 6, 2014

CaliforniaCourtsAn Arroyo Grande man convicted of impersonating a U.S. forest ranger received a home detention sentence Monday and a $10,000 fine. [Tribune]

Prosecutors accused Larry Cooper, a former Arroyo Grande police officer, of using a government vehicle to patrol a private cattle ranch bordering the Los Padres National Forest. Cooper used the vehicle to stop national forest visitors in attempt to deter them from trespassing onto the neighboring ranch.

In May, a federal jury convicted Cooper of two felony counts of impersonating a federal officer and making false statements to investigators.

His sentence includes one year of felony probation, six months of monitored home detention and 100 hours of community service.

Initially, prosecutors also accused a forest ranger of conspiring with Cooper and of providing him the vehicle. But, the forest ranger was acquitted, and a conspiracy charge against Cooper was dropped.

Cooper served as a reserve officer for the Arroyo Grande Police Department from 1979 to 2009. He also worked previously as a safety officer for Cuesta College.


6 Comments

  1. MajorityFan says:

    This could happen to Ian as well.

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  2. slojustice says:

    How about getting Bruce gibson and adam hill for impersonating County Supervisors.

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  3. gangsta1 says:

    right you are dogeatdog

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  4. dogeatdog says:

    The arrogance of some AG police officers comes to light once again.

    I wonder what happened with the sexual harassment case against the chief of police. I know Hough retired and so we have one less piece of work on the force. Funny how they were both charged with the same thing in the other police dept they worked for before coming to AG.

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    • kayaknut says:

      Remember Hough may have retired and no longer reports to the office but he still is collecting money at near or above what he made before retiring, regardless if the system can support itself.

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  5. Dirk Anderson says:

    Two Felony Counts and making false statements? He got off way to easily, especially for someone with law enforcement background. He should go to Prison. Nothing special about the common “stakeholder” classes, where do they get off thinking the laws and social norms of society should apply to everybody else but them?

    Then I see:” Former SLO police officer receives 18-month sentence ” I’m sick of this.It is symptomatic of something much larger.

    But in terms of policing, there needs to be greater transparency, disclosure, oversight, not less. I want to know who is using this “Stingray” technology, data collection techniques, transactional analysis (movements, contacts, associations,) etc. and for what purpose? Shrouded under non disclosure agreements, one can only imagine. Is there something to hide? conscience bothering somebody or what?

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s class warfare, the preferred few vs the common “stakeholder”
    classes and their various props and cover.

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