CLEARWATER — Police have piled more charges on a Largo man they say used a fake police badge to coerce sex from three women between 18 and 29 years old.
James Blue, 40, of 11574 104th St. N in Largo, was arrested Jan. 28 on charges of sexual battery, kidnapping and impersonating an officer. Clearwater detectives last month doubled his charges after they say they linked him to a similar rape in February 2008, which took place less than a half-mile away from the recent incident.
Now police have come back with even more charges: a third impersonation charge and rape of a 29-year-old woman early one morning last November. In the most recent incident, according to police, the suspect drove up to an 18-year-old woman at 5 a.m. on Jan. 24 while she was standing on a street in Clearwater.
He told the woman he was an undercover police officer and that he would arrest her unless she performed sex acts on him, police said. The man showed her a badge, police said, but it did not say Clearwater Police Department.
The woman got into the 1995 Pontiac Firebird and the man drove to the area of S Fort Harrison Avenue and Pinellas Street, where the sex acts occurred, police said. The woman quickly identified Blue.
In 2000, Blue pleaded no contest to a charge of soliciting prostitution.