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Prosecutor: Matt Pitt told jail employees he worked for Sheriff Mike Hale

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A new court filing suggests youth evangelist Larry "Matt" Pitt told Jefferson County Jail employees that he worked for Sheriff Mike Hale.

Pitt is currently charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer in June when talking to a resident who confronted him about a rifle in Grayson Valley.

Pitt's attorneys had requested access to the evidence which the Sheriff's Office had collected against Pitt in the case, which is routine in all criminal cases.

Among the items the Pitt's lawyers had requested, which the prosecution has now made available, is a video of a television interview with the defendant.

Pitt gave an interview to Alabama's 13's Kalisha Whitman the night of his arrest on August 20th.

Other items the prosecution is providing include:  "video purporting to be a search of the Defendant's vehicle by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office", "video purporting to be an attempted execution of the arrest warrant by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office" and "defendant's card for 'Special Deputy'".

In the letter from Deputy District Attorney Patrick Lamb detailing the items being surrendered to Pitt's attorneys, Lamb said in addition to the list items, "the Defendant (Pitt) has made various statements to law enforcement the evening of his arrest.  During the booking process, he was asked for his employer.  His response several times was that he worked for Mike Hale."

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Alabama's 13 on Monday that they have never employed Pitt.

Pitt's preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for December 9th.

Last year Pitt pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to impersonated law enforcement officer when he presented an honorary badge he received from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to a Calera Police Officer who pulled him for using flashing blue lights on Interstate 65.

He received probation in the 2012 case, but could be forced to serve a year in jail if Judge Dan Reeves decides the 2013 allegations have violated Pitt's probation conditions.

Pitt's probation revocation hearing is set for October 15th in Shelby County.

Another recent court filing suggested that Pitt used separate honorary badges authorized by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in the 2012 and 2013 arrests.

Alabama's 13 has also learned that Pitt tried to use an honorary badge to get out of an excessive speeding ticket in Walton County, Florida in 2011. 

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