Crime

Jun 19, 2012 8:24 AM by Summer Yu

Accused firefighter impersonator has record

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A Denver man accused of impersonating a firefighter near a massive wildfire in northern Colorado has a criminal history.

Larimer County sheriff's officials say 30-year-old Michael Stillman Maher was arrested Sunday after crossing into the fire area using a stolen government license plate and phony credentials. His bond was set at $15,000 Monday.

The Coloradoan reports Maher's criminal history in the past decade includes pleading guilty to third-degree sexual assault and pleading guilty to charges in Eagle County of disorderly conduct by discharging a firearm and falsely reporting a fake crime. The Reporter-Herald reports the convictions were for misdemeanors.

Maher didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday.

A Facebook page for Maher includes photos of him in firefighting gear in a helicopter and with Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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