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Man accused of impersonating cop, assaulting woman

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Austin police have arrested a man for sexually assaulting a woman while claiming to be a police officer.

Officers say 49-year-old Frederick William Popp met a woman through a phone dating service on Sept. 25.

According to the arrest affidavit, the woman told Popp she was no longer interested in communicating with him after seeing his picture. He told her if she didn’t meet him he would arrest her for prostitution because he was an Austin police officer.

Popp, claiming to be “Officer Dunn,” then met the victim at a nearby church, where he told her he would arrest her if she didn’t have sex with him, also according to the affidavit. Popp then took her to his apartment located off MoPac and Davis Lane in South Austin, where he sexually assaulted her.

A rifle was leaning up against the couch in the living room, and the victim said she feared for her life, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also indicated that the suspect took the woman back to the church and told her she must meet with him again to avoid being arrested. He began to send her threatening text messages a few days later, demanding she meet with him again.

The victim ignored the texts and told a family member what happened, who immediately called police.

Popp is charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, and two charges of impersonating a public servant, also felonies. He is currently in the Travis County Jail on $115,000 bond.

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