PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A man has pleaded no contest to a charge alleging he impersonated a state social worker while trying to sign out a female student from a Rhode Island high school.
Court records show 26-year-old Armando Hernandez, of Providence, entered the plea Friday to a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a public officer. He received a year of probation.
Portsmouth police Lt. Michael Arnold tells WPRI-TV Hernandez went to Portsmouth High School last Friday and tried to sign the student out, telling a school employee that he was a social worker with the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
The school refused to release the student to him and notified police.
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Arnold says Hernandez later admitted he was an Uber driver and that the student had contacted him for a ride.