A San Jose man accused of pretending to be a police officer was sentenced today in San Luis Obispo Superior Court to a year in County Jail.
Mark Ryan Polini, 28, pleaded no contest to possession of child pornography and grand theft of a firearm, both felonies, and impersonating a police officer, a misdemeanor.
He was arrested in Atascadero in July 2010 after police found him in a black 2001 Ford Crown Victoria.
The car had spotlights attached to its sides, four antennas affixed to the roof and trunk area, and a “D.A.R.E. to Resist Drugs and Violence” license plate frame, according to a probation report.
“Additionally, the driver was dressed in all black, including a black hat with a CHP patch, and he was observed talking on a handheld microphone similar to current police radios,” the report states.
Polini initially told police his vehicle belonged to a security company in San Jose and he was headed to Paso Robles to work, the probation report stated.
Police said they found a .25-caliber handgun in his vehicle that had been taken from his fiancee’s father. Police also said they found more than 1,000 images of child pornography on the hard drive of Polini's computer.
Polini told probation officers that he’s going to get his life back on track after serving his jail sentence and go to school for architecture. Polini didn’t make a statement today prior to Judge Michael Duffy’s sentencing.