Oct 09, 2019 7:23 PM

Indictment: Former Immigration Officer petended to be ICE supervisor to free suspect

Posted Oct 09, 2019 7:23 PM

Pleviak is being held in Kingman County

TOPEKA– A former ICE officer was indicted today on a charge of impersonating a federal officer, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Andrew J. Pleviak, 42, Topeka, is charged with one count of false impersonation of a federal officer. In court documents, Pleviak is alleged to have tried to have a man who was arrested by the Kingman County Sheriff's Department released from custody. Juan Tapia-Alfaro was arrested after deputies allegedly found a Kansas driver's license he fraudulently obtained using a birth certificate and Social Security number of a person living in Puerto Rico.

On the same day, Pleviak is alleged to have called the Sheriff's Department claiming to be a supervisor with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In fact, Pleviak was no longer an ICE employee. In 2018, he was convicted of violating a federal computer security statute. On Sept. 3, 2019, Pleviak allegedly gave the Sheriff's Department a letter on ICE letterhead claiming that Tapia-Alfaro was working as a confidential informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration and requesting charges be dropped. Sheriff's Department officers saw through the ruse and arrested Pleviak on the spot. According to court records, Tapia-Alfaro said he knew Pleviak from doing work on Pleviak's house. If convicted, Pleviak could face up to three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Kingman County Sheriff's Office and Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

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Missouri police officer accused of arranging to have sex with teen

Baer is being held in Crawford County

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri police officer has been charged with arranging to meet a woman and have sex with her 14-year-old daughter after it turned out that the woman was actually an undercover FBI employee.

The sex charge was filed Tuesday in federal court against 41-year-old Clint Baer, one day after an FBI sting in Wentzville.

An affidavit says he was arrested while walking to a hotel, where the teen was supposed to be waiting, with a woman whom he believed was her mother. An FBI agent say Baer admitted giving the woman money for the hotel room, but said he wasn't sure that he was going to go through with having sex with the teen.

The Centralia police department says Baer is no longer an employee.