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Youth evangelist, The Basement leader Matt Pitt charged with impersonating a peace officer

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Matt Pitt has been charged with impersonating a peace officer for the second time in two years. Matt Pitt has been charged with impersonating a peace officer for the second time in two years.

Matt Pitt, a youth evangelist and the leader of "The Basement", has been charged with impersonating a peace officer less than one year after he entered a guilty plea  to a similar charge, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said today.

According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, the latest charge against the 30-year-old Pitt stems from an incident on June 15. That night, around 6 p.m., deputies were called to the 5200 block of Falling Creek Lane on a report of a man impersonating a law enforcement officer. The witness told authorities he had seen a suspicious vehicle outside his residence two hours earlier and people were going back and forth from the vehicle to a nearby wooded area.

The witness said he walked to the area to investigate the suspicious activity and he stumbled upon an abandoned rifle near the edge of the woods. After notifying the sheriff's office of his finding, Pitt and another man arrived on an ATV and proceeded to retrieve the weapon. The witness told the men he had already called the authorities and questioned the pair about their unusual behavior. Pitt reportedly presented himself as a law enforcement officer after he and the other man couldn't provide a reasonable answer to the witness's question. The two suspects then rode away from the scene.

The report was forwarded to the criminal division of the sheriff's office for further investigation and detectives presented the case to the district attorney, who then issued an arrest warrant for Pitt, whose full name is Larry Matthew Pitt.

Authorities made an attempt to notify him about the warrant but they were told he was out of town, though, he is expected to turn himself in upon his return. His bond has been set at $15,000.

Pitt is currently on two years probation after pleading guilty on September 26 to a charge of attempting to impersonate a peace officer. He was arrested in May after he reportedly flashed a honorary Jefferson County Sheriff's Office badge at a Calera police officer during a traffic stop. He was also accused of flashing blue lights from his SUV on the interstate, forcing motorist to pull over so he could pass them.

Pitt took a two-week hiatus from his leadership post with "The Basement" after his arrest before returning to his ministry to tell them, "We're not perfect, we're only forgiven."

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