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Update: PSU football player pleads guilty to impersonating officer, gets probation


Update: Bacon was sentenced to one year of probation. Impersonating a police officer is a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, but Judge Suzanne Upton said she would treat the charge as a misdemeanor.

According to the Associated Press, Bacon told the court at his sentencing on June 22 that he "made a really bad decision" when he decided to pull over a woman driving down Pacific Highway.

A Portland State University football player who police say impersonated a police officer in Tigard earlier this year has pleaded guilty.

Troy Matthew Bacon, 20, initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea to guilty of one count of criminal impersonation of an officer on June 13. His sentencing is set for Wednesday, June 22.

Bacon was arrested in April after Sherwood Police said an officer returning from an investigation in Portland spotted Bacon's car parked in the middle of Southwest Pacific Highway and Greenburg Road at about midnight, March 22.

The car, a white Dodge Charger, was blocking a Honda Accord. The officer said he saw a man yelling at the driver of the Honda.

The officer stopped to lend assistance and said the man identified himself as an off-duty police officer. The man, who police identified as Bacon, claimed that he had stopped the woman for speeding and reckless driving.

Police said Bacon showed the officer a badge, which read “junior probation officer." Bacon allegedly told police that he worked part-time for the Riverside County Sheriff's Office, in California, which police later said wasn't true.

Bacon is a native of Oak Hills, Calif., not far from Riverside County, and wrote online that he wanted to one day become a police officer.

After his arrest, Bacon called Pamplin Media Group and said that he would clear his name, arguing that much of the information released by Sherwood Police was inaccurate.

Bacon is a sophomore at Portland State University, and was an offensive lineman for the PSU Vikings before his arrest. He was placed on leave after news of his arrest was made public.

Bacon played football for two years at Boise State University but quit the team midway through last season before transferring to Portland State.