Convicted for False Pretenses, Aaron Wilson Claims He Was Set Up by Top Cop
He wanted to be a real police officer – he even sat the examination. But in 2010, special constable Aaron Wilson found himself on the wrong side of the law, accused of impersonating a police officer. He was found with various items made up from the Police Department and stories flowed thereafter about his various encounters with citizens. He was given multiple charges, found guilty in the Magistrate’s Court on two of them and, following a jury trial, on Thursday evening in the Supreme Court of two counts of a lesser charge of acting as a police officer under false pretenses. But Wilson, vilified far and near as the “fake cop,” says the story is not that simple. He visited News Five this afternoon to tell his side of the story. In addition to media vilification making it difficult to defend himself, he alleges that it was then-Officer Commanding Eastern Division, David Henderson, who he says planted the seed in his head of becoming a special constable – and, he claimed, spoiled his real dream.
Aaron Wilson, Convicted of False Pretense as Police Officer
“I was charged in 2010 for forgery of an official document; unlawful possession of Police Department accoutrements – on those charges I was up to the Supreme Court because it was an indictable matter. While in the Supreme Court I expected me to be tried for forgery; I never did expected false pretenses. You, the media, were saying, “Fake cop Aaron Wilson! Fake cop Aaron Wilson!” but in reality that was not the charge. I was charged on unlawful possession of the uniform, yes, but the word “fake cop” would be impersonating a police (officer); and if I am not an impersonator, then how would the media come up with the word “fake cop?” it was only until recently, like before Christmas or so that they charge me for false pretense of a police officer and it was seven counts. Two counts was speaking about special constable, so the judge said a special constable is not a police (officer), is not a public officer. So even if I wasn’t a special constable and I said I was, I would not be breaking any law because there is no law for it. Being [in] police uniform does not mean I was impersonating a Police (officer); now if I had a regulation number, it would clearly indicate I am impersonating a police (officer) because you only get a number when you graduate as a regular police. And I never wanted to be a special constable, because I wanted to grow in the Department and I never got that chance, because of that officer by Mr. David Henderson offering me to become a special constable. He blocked my dream, he spoiled my life, and because I was young I did not come to the media. And to the media, I believe that it was no help – when you are in front of the court, the media is a waste of time, I will be real to you. All you will do when you come in front of the media is spoil your trial; and it already went spoiled because the media scandalized me of being a “fake cop.”