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Records show Matt Pitt used separate 'honorary' badges

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

Court records now suggest The Basement's youth evangelist Matt Pitt bought a second honorary badge that was authorized by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office when he was arrested on charges of impersonating an officer in August.

A year ago next week, Pitt pleaded guilty to using an honorary badge he received from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to attempt to impersonate a law enforcement officer when he was pulled over by Calera Police.

Now Pitt is accused of using a similar badge in June to impersonate an officer when talking to a resident who confronted him about a rifle in Grayson Valley.

In motion filed Friday afternoon by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, the prosecutors argued, "This charge centers around an "Honorary Badge" purchased by the Defendant and authorized by the Jefferson County Sheriff.  The award of this badge was a recognition of community service."

The court filing goes on to state, "Approximately one year earlier, the Defendant was convicted for use of different badge which was seized by the Calera Police Department.  The Calera Police Department retains that badge in evidence on today's date."

The court filing suggests that the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office authorized a second honorary badge that Pitt had bought for himself after the first honorary badge was confiscated by Calera Police in the 2012 officer impersonation case.

The court filing was a motion to quash subpoenas by Pitt's attorneys asking for records about people the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has issued honorary badges to.

Alabama's 13 has reached out to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for comment, but so far has not received a response.

 

 

 

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