By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - A 48-year-old Belton man may face jail time for allegedly pretending to be a police officer after a Bell County grand jury indicted him Wednesday.
William Joseph Keller was charged with impersonating a public servant in connection with a Sept. 30 incident in Nolanville along U.S. Highway 190.
Keller approached two motorists in a disabled vehicle as they waited for a tow truck, according to an arrest affidavit. He claimed to be an undercover officer investigating a sexual assault.
He wore no uniform and approached the stranded man and woman in an unspecified vehicle. Keller asked the woman for her identification and later removed the male from the disabled vehicle and had him place his hands on Keller's vehicle.
The man asked to see Keller's identification; however, Keller refused, stating he did not need to because he was an undercover officer. He told the motorists their car matched the description of a vehicle involved in a rape, Assistant Bell County District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said.
Keller let the two people go and left the scene. As he left, the man got Keller's license plate number, the affidavit states.
Police matched the plate to Keller. In a police interview, Keller reportedly admitted he pretended to be an officer and stated that his actions were inappropriate.
Bledsoe said authorities believe Keller may have mental problems. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
The grand jury also returned indictments against the following individuals:
Godwin Uzaka, 22, of Buda, on a charge of possession of marijuana, 5 pounds or less.
William Bradford Langham, 23, of Temple, on a charge of possession of marijuana, 5 pounds or less.
Anthony O'Neal Coulter, 34, of Temple, on a charge of possession of cocaine, 4 grams or more.
Andrew Dewayne Ellis, 32, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine, 4 grams or more.
Zachary Colbert Cantwell, 21, of Fort Hood, on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
Michael Len Grogg, 24, of Harker Heights, on a charge of theft over $1,500.
Lucas Paul Graham, 25, of Fort Hood, on a charge of theft over $1,500.
Armando Alexander Sandoval, 17, of Temple, on a charge of assault on a public servant.
Devion Faulkner, 22, of Temple, on a charge of assault by strangulation.
Michael Helmuth Mutter, 46, of Killeen, on a charge of theft over $1,500.
Lester Ivan Vilchez, 31, of Killeen, on a charge of injury to a child.
Alonzo Washington Jr., 26, of Killeen, on a charge of assault by strangulation.
Shawntez Harris, 21, of Killeen, on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
Reginald Leon Wallace, 35, of Killeen, on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, 4 grams or more.
West Y. Johnson, 22, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine, 1 gram or more.
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