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Man Cited for Impersonating Officer in Covington Pulled Same Stunt in Oldham Co. & Was Ordered Away from Cincinnati Mayor

A man sitting in the Kenton County Detention Center accused of impersonating a police officer in Covington has been accused of the practice before and was even ordered to stay away from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

Brent Cameron Willoughby, 23, was arrested by the Covington Police and the Kenton County Sheriff's Office and booked in the detention center at 3 a.m. Thursday. According to the citation, Willoughby commited his officer impersonating violations on February 15 in Covington's Mainstrasse Village during the annual Mardi Gras festivities where he was pulled while wearing police garb. His black SUV had red and blue police lights inside. According to the citation, Willoughby claimed to be an employee of the Cincinnati Police Department.

Willoughby was not arrested until more than a month later following a warrant issued for his arrest when a woman told investigators that she was picked up in the area of Ninth & Greer Streets, an area that police have identified as one frequently visited by prostitutes and their customers.

The woman told police that a man matching Willoughby's description told her that he was a cop and that if she followed through with her offer for sex for money but waived the fee, she would be free to go.

Willoughby was arrested in Mainstrasse at Sixth & Bakewell Streets early Thursday morning.

He faces charges of impersonating a peace officer, improper use of blue lights, improper use of red lights, using flashing lights on a non-emergency vehicle, possessing a radio device that receives police messages. He is being held on $5,000 bond and is due in court on March 25.

The River City News has learned that Willoughby has previously been arrested for impersonating a police officer in Oldham County and that a condition of his bond there was that he have no contact with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

A week after the incident at Mardi Gras in Mainstrasse, on February 22, Willoughby, who lives in South Covington, was stopped on Interstate 71 in Oldham County where he was allegedly speeding in the same vehicle and traveling at speeds of over 100 miles per hour while pointing a gun at passing vehicles. According to the citation, Willoughby again identified himself as a police officer and said that he was in possession of two guns, a 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. The citation indicated that the guns were unlawfully concealed.

Willoughby also had a toboggan with the word POLICE on it and had a fictitious Drug Enforcement Agency ID along with red and blue lights in the back window. His case was referred to the Oldham County Grand Jury.

When Willoughby's bond was posted for $1,000, the condition of no contact with his arresting officer or Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley was attached. The reference to Cranley was not explained documents obtained by The River City News and no further information was immediately available.

The River City News has learned that there may be additional women with whom Willoughby may have pretended to be a police officer, a position that he used for sexual favors. Because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, officials could not provide comment.

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Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Brent Cameron Willoughby via Kenton Co. Detention Center


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