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PSU player sentenced to probation after impersonating an officer

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Troy Bacon was sentenced to a year of probation Wednesday after he pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from an incident in March when he impersonated a police officer and pulled over a 19-year-old woman. (KPTV) Troy Bacon was sentenced to a year of probation Wednesday after he pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from an incident in March when he impersonated a police officer and pulled over a 19-year-old woman. (KPTV)
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A Portland State University athlete who pretended to be a police officer during a fake traffic stop was sentenced to probation for a year.

In a Washington County courtroom Wednesday afternoon, Troy Bacon looked 19-year-old Emmaleen Giese in the eye to apologize for scaring her and promised the judge he would never do anything like it again.

Bacon arrived in court wearing a PSU shirt.  The sophomore is on the football team, and he asked Judge Suzanne Upton to consider his scholarship and status on the team before she handed down her sentence. 

Last week Bacon pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him from the incident that occurred in March.

Bacon was arrested after he pretended to be a police officer and pulled over Giese, who was driving on Southwest Pacific Highway near Greenburg Road.

Bacon was driving a white Dodge Charger at the time and claimed that he was pulling her over for speeding.

During the illegal stop, an off-duty officer drove by and noticed what was going on, taking Bacon into custody after realizing the student was lying about his identity.

Giese was in the courtroom Wednesday, but did not speak out directly. Instead prosecutors read a statement she prepared beforehand.

“It is because of you that I fear the night now. I can’t help but get nervous when car follows me.”

“It is because of you, Troy Bacon. I have night terrors about what could have happened and what your intentions were that night.”

“Luckily we will never know what your true plan was.”

Addressing Giese and the court, Bacon apologized saying he had no “bad intentions.”

"I understand how scary it must have been for you and I didn't think about it, and I made a really bad decision,” he said. “I just want everybody here to know that I had no bad intentions that night and that I’m deeply sorry.”

Judge Upton sentenced Bacon to probation for a year, and ordered him to pay Giese along with other court fees.

Wednesday afternoon, Portland State University released at statement on the case.

Troy Bacon is still a member of the team, and we are awaiting the final court documents of his plea and subsequent court actions.  Once we review the information, we will take appropriate actions as it relates to team rules.

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