A former Letcher County resident was charged with impersonating a police offi cer in Mt. Sterling last week after authorities found him and two other men outfitted in police gear.
Mt. Sterling Police Sgt. Terry Johnson said an onduty officer saw a suspicious vehicle parked in a high drug trafficking area near a condemned building shortly after midnight on Sept. 20. A sign in front of the old school building, located near Hamilton Avenue and Bridgett Drive in Mt. Sterling, says no vehicles are permitted on the property after 11 p.m.
Johnson said William “Tre” Sexton III, formerly of Little Colley, was wearing a bulletproof vest and was carrying a gun in a “paddleback” police-style gun holster under his shirt. Sexton was also in possession of a Whitesburg police badge and the men were dressed in gear officers typically wear when conducting drug raids, Johnson said, adding the men also had masks, flexi-cuffs, three handguns and a bail bondsmen badge.
Sexton, 19, of Mt. Sterling, was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of a concealed firearm. Johnson said Sexton later confessed that the three men had intended to commit a robbery. Sexton was then charged with impersonating an officer and conspiracy to commit robbery.
The other two suspects, both Mt. Sterling residents, were also arrested. Paul Blevins, 19, and Wallace McCowan, 18, are charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.
As of September 27, Sexton, a student pilot in Scott County, was no longer lodged in the Montgomery County Regional Jail.
Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said Sexton participated in a work-study program during his senior year at Letcher County Central High School in 2010 and worked out of Whitesburg City Hall. Fields doesn’t know how Sexton gained access to the police badge.
Fields said he will present information about Sexton and his possession of the badge to the Letcher County Grand Jury.