Arroyo Grande man receives home detention for impersonating officer
August 6, 2014
An 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.