Man posing as deputy strikes again in Escambia County

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A man posing as a sheriff's deputy has surfaced again in the Florida Panhandle, and this time is suspected in a sexual assault.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office said a woman was sexually
assaulted Tuesday night near Interstate 110 in north Florida.

It was the third time in two weeks that a man has impersonated an officer in Escambia County.

On Jan. 20, a man impersonating an officer pulled over a 17-year-old girl, who escaped unharmed. Authorities believe that case is linked to Tuesday's incident.

On Saturday, a University of West Florida student told university police that a man pulled up behind her car and turned on flashing blue lights. It is unclear if that case is connected with the others.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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