Ex-cop sex offender charged with impersonating officer

SALEM – A Salem man who resigned from the Boardman Township Police Department in 2007 is now being charged with impersonating a police officer. WKBN, news partner of the Salem News sister publication the Morning Journal, reported Stephen Kendall, 41, was arrested Sunday on a year-old warrant for impersonating a police officer in Vernon Township.

According to reports, he was pulled over for a traffic violation for failing to stop at a stop sign on May 13, 2012. He allegedly told the Hartford Township officer he was a Boardman police officer and then presented a Fraternal Order of Police card and an old and worn Boardman Police Department ID badge. He was given a warning and sent on his way but the Hartford officer later became suspicious of the fact that Kendall did not show a current badge or ID card, WKBN reported.

The officer conducted a short investigation and learned Kendall was taken off the Boardman roster in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition charges for having sex with a 17-year-old girl when he was 34. He was sentenced to six month of probation and is a registered sex offender.

He was arraigned Tuesday in Trumbull County Eastern District Court on the impersonating charge and released on bond.