Christopher Sharp, a 37-year-old Spring Hill man, was jailed Friday after he allegedly pretended to be a deputy for several months because he wanted to impress his live-in girlfriend.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Sharp wore a deputy’s uniform for a period of several months and told stories about his various law enforcement duties – all to impress his girlfriend.
From August 2012 to January 2013, Sharp allegedly told his live-in girlfriend that he was a deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department. Sharp took the ruse to an extreme level by dressing as a deputy every day he went to work and then changing back into the uniform when he would return home.
In reality, according to investigators, Sharp was an employee at Pizza Hut.
Investigators say Sharp also told friends and family members that he was a deputy, and often regaled them with stories of DUI arrests and various traffic stops he had made. Other times, Sharp gave out legal advise, drawing upon his vast experience and credentials gained with the Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators say Sharp acquired the uniform by stealing it from his sister’s boyfriend – who actually works for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives interviewed Sharp and arrested him after learning about his exploits.
Sharp, who unsuccessfully applied for a job with the Hillsborough Police Department, admitted to the ruse – stating that he never actually performed any law enforcement duties while he was dressed in the stolen uniform.
Sharp was booked into jail and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at $2,000. According to court records, he was also apprehended in February on charges of stalking. He was released on a GPS monitoring system after posting a $2,500 bond.