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A Baltimore area man was arrested this week in St. Mary’s on charging papers alleging he had falsely claimed to area law officers last fall and winter that he was a police detective, and that he outfitted himself with a badge, a holster and a handgun.

A St. Mary’s judge ordered Wednesday that Donald James Church Jr., 31, of Dundalk remain in jail in lieu of $7,500 bond on the charges of impersonating a police officer and unlawfully carrying a handgun.

Charging papers allege that Church went into a Waldorf bank several times identifying himself as a Baltimore County detective and by a false name, and that his criminal record includes an assault, drug offenses and ongoing probation “in relation to his conviction for similar impersonating offenses.”

Between last September and early February, charging papers state, Church identified himself by the false name and police title “to several sworn police officers in St. Mary’s and Charles County.” St. Mary’s detectives filed the charges application on Tuesday stating that they recently were contacted by the suspect’s former girlfriend, who had determined his true identity after he threatened to plant drugs on her and have her arrested, to disrupt her custody of her child.

jwharton@somdnews.com