Thursday, February 8, 2007
From newsday.com: He called himself "Sergeant Terry" and didn't hesitate to bring suspects back to the Hempstead office he rented and outfitted to look like a police unit. He filed incident reports and logbooks, so meticulously documenting his activities that he once copied the five $20 bills one "offender" paid as a fine in exchange for a criminal reprieve, law enforcement officials and neighbors said.
To the dozens of motorists and petty criminals he pulled over throughout Long Island and New York City, Henry Terry had all the makings of a police officer -- a blue uniform, handgun in a leather holster, flashing lights on his dashboard, and a dangling identification badge, prosecutors said.
But Wednesday, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said the real criminal was none other than Terry himself. The badges and uniforms Terry flaunted were replicas that he had purchased off the Internet, Spota said. And Terry's only lessons in law enforcement came from behind bars.
Terry served time for first-degree reckless endangerment in 2002 and was arrested again in 2004, when Nassau County charged him with second-degree criminal impersonation for posing as a public servant. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in August 2004 to 11/3 to 4 years in prison. He was released on parole that December.
Spota said his office is still investigating exactly when Terry's antics began, but that he could have started pulling victims over soon after his release on parole in December 2004.
Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]