POLITICS
02/25/2014 09:32 am ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

Scott Brown's Half-Brother Bruce Pleads Guilty To Impersonating A Police Officer

The half-brother of former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to impersonating a police officer.

Bruce Brown, the younger brother of the former senator, described how he stopped boaters off the coast of Connecticut while impersonating an officer, according to the AP. Brown also described an incident in which he investigated youths for drugs.

According to NBC Connecticut, Brown has gone by other names, including Bruce Browne, Spenser Brown, Spenser Browne, Agent Brice and Detective Brice.

The AP reports:

Brown arrived on Aug. 8 in Old Lyme in a Ford Crown Victoria equipped to resemble a police vehicle. He was wearing a bullet proof tactical vest with police insignia and was carrying a weapon and handcuffs and told a resident he was a special agent of the United States Coast Guard, prosecutors said.

While in Old Lyme, Brown’s fiancee asked a friend to take Brown on the friend’s boat. As the boat was backing out of the slip, prosecutors said Brown informed the boat owner that “I am commandeering your boat. Your boat is now a U.S. Coast Guard vessel.”

Brown required two boat operators to produce their boating licenses. Brown also asked a jet ski operator for his license and told him to return to the dock when he couldn’t produce it.

Brown was charged with impersonating an officer in August 2013. At the time, the former senator said he was estranged from his brother, saying "we were not close as a family."

"These are serious charges and he will need to answer them," Brown wrote on his Facebook at the time. "I feel badly for his children and I am thankful that no one was injured."

Read more from the AP here.

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