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Real Clearwater police say man posed as officer to solicit sex

CLEARWATER — A 40-year-old Largo man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of using a fake police badge and a 1995 Pontiac Firebird to lure an 18-year-old woman into performing sex acts on him.

According to police, James Blue, 11574 104th St N, drove up to the woman at 5 a.m. Saturday while she was standing at N Osceola Avenue and Fairmont Street in Clearwater. He told the woman he was an undercover police officer and he would arrest her unless she performed sex acts on him. Blue showed his badge to the woman, police said, but it did not specifically say Clearwater Police Department.

The woman got into the car and Blue drove to the area of Pinellas Street and S Fort Harrison Avenue, where the sex acts occurred, police said.

The woman was quickly able to identify Blue, police said. After an investigation, police arrested him at his job at Pinch-a-Penny pool store Wednesday. He was charged with impersonating a police officer, kidnapping and sexual battery. He was being held Wednesday at the Pinellas County Jail without bail. In 2000, Blue pleaded no contest to a charge of soliciting prostitution.

Real Clearwater police say man posed as officer to solicit sex 01/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:51pm]
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