Man placed on probation on weapons charge; impersonating peace officer charge dropped
BY JESSICA PRIEST - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
Sept. 5, 2012 at 4:05 a.m.
Charges against a Victoria man accused of posing as a Bexar County Sheriff's sergeant were downgraded to misdemeanors because he didn't technically reap any benefit from holding the badge, District Attorney Stephen B. Tyler said.
A.J. Mukai, 44, pleaded guilty on July 20 to unlawfully carrying a weapon in an agreement that dismissed the charge that he falsely identified himself as a peace officer.
He was placed on one year of probation and must complete 60 hours of community service in 10 months as well as pay $780 in court costs and fines, according to court records.
Mukai had no comment other than to say that the charges against him were unfounded. His attorney, Edward P. Wilkinson, could not be reached for comment.
Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Mukai on Jan. 12 after they got a tip from a resident who saw carry a badge and gun. They pulled him over at the 1000 block of East Airline Road where they found him wearing a Bexar County Sheriff's Office badge and a .357 Magnum Smith and Wesson revolver that was loaded with five rounds, according to the arrest report.
Louis Antu, a spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, said Mukai, applied to be a support or resource officer there in 2003 or 2004. Support or resource officers, Antu said, are not Bexar County Sheriff's Office employees, but are like a regular peace officer in that they can carry a weapon.
Mukai has not had an active peace officer license since 2007, said Laura LeBlanc, a custodian of records with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.