Man charged with impersonating police officer to ‘pat down’ young boy

A man has been charged after he allegedly impersonated a police officer to pat down a young boy.

The bizarre incident occurred at a second hand store on Moreton Bay Road at Cleveland just after 3.00pm yesterday.

Police said the man approached the child, telling him that he was a police officer.


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“It will be further alleged that he then patted the boy down outside his clothing before fleeing the store and leaving in a vehicle,” police said in a statement.

Luckily, the boy escaped unharmed.

A 54-year-old man from Birkdale has since been charged with one count each of indecent treatment of a child and impersonating police.

He is due to appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on June 30.