A 28-year-old Bay Area man accused of impersonating a California Highway Patrol officer and other crimes last year has entered a plea of no contest to three charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Mark Ryan Polini entered his plea in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Wednesday to felony possession of child pornography, felony grand theft of a firearm, and misdemeanor impersonating a police officer. A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.
Police initially arrested Polini after an officer pulled him over as he was driving an unmarked black 2001 Ford Crown Victoria near the Atascadero Shell station at East Front Street and San Gabriel Road in July 2010.
Polini was wearing black pants, a black shirt and a CHP cap, according to the Atascadero Police Department.
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A loaded pistol, handcuffs, two badges, several Airsoft pistols, holsters and an expandable police baton were found in a search of his car, according to police.
Police then arrested Polini a second time after finding property they allege was stolen, including jewelry, and later booked him a third time on suspicion of having more than 2,000 images of child pornography on his laptop computer.
Judge Michael Duffy has indicated he’ll sentence Polini to one year in County Jail, but prosecutor Andy Cadena is expected to argue for a longer prison sentence.
Polini’s sentencing is scheduled for June 28 at 8:30 a.m. in Duffy’s courtroom.