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Hernando officials: Pizza Hut employee posed as Pasco deputy

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Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:27 PM

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A Spring Hill man who worked at Pizza Hut impersonated a Pasco County sheriff's deputy for about five months, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, which arrested him on Friday.

According to a media release, Christopher Sharp, 37, told his live-in girlfriend that from August 2012 through January 2013, he was a deputy, and would come home wearing a Pasco County sheriff's uniform.

Sharp told his girlfriend – as well as her friends and family – stories about things that happened during his "shift." Sharp also offered legal advice based on his apparent credentials, such as traffic citations, child custody and how to avoid a DUI arrest, according to the release.

Sharp also attended a Hernando Beach New Year's Eve party dressed in the uniform and entertained guests with stories about DUI enforcement he had been involved with earlier in the evening.

An investigation found Sharp to be employed at Pizza Hut, and not the Pasco sheriff's office. Sharp told detectives he dreamt up the ruse to impress his girlfriend, and would stop on his way home from work to change into his deputy shirt – which he stole from his sister's boyfriend, a confirmed Pasco deputy – and once tried to get hired by the Hillsborough County force.

Sharp was booked on fraud charges for impersonating a law enforcement officer, and was released on $2,000 bond.

Sharp was arrested earlier in February on charges of stalking, and posted $2,500 bond. His bond also stipulated Sharp be monitored by GPS and have no contact with the victim.

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