On Sunday, Michael Stillman Maher,30, is accused of possessing "phony" fireman credentials and was caught behind High Park fire lines with a stolen government license plate, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Department.
9Wants to Know checked Maher's record through court databases and found:
- 2003: Maher was charged with felony sex assault against a child. Maher pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sex assault and two felonies in the case were dismissed (Eagle County).
- 2004: Convicted of violating a protection order (Eagle County).
- 2009: Convicted of Driving Under the Influence (Eagle County).
- 2010: Convicted of disorderly conduct for discharging a firearm and false reporting (Eagle County).
- 2010: Convicted of driving under a suspended license (Garfield County).
9Wants to Know is working to get more background on the past criminal cases. He remains behind bars at the Larimer County Detention Center.
Maher was contacted by a fire chief Saturday night while driving a silver Toyota Tacoma with a government license plate and lettering on the window. He allegedly produced fake credentials and drove away on County Road 52E.
Maher was later spotted inside the fire area in Laporte and pulled over. Authorities say the government license plate was stolen.
The plate was traced back to the Glenwood Springs area.
Police also found stolen property in the vehicle and a firearm. Some of the stolen items included firefighter radios.
Maher faces charges of impersonating a firefighter, theft, obstructing fire/police and attempting to influence a public servant.
"You have the firefighters, who are out there doing the best job that they can and working hard and putting in just unbelievable hours to fight this disaster," Larimer County District attorney Larry Abrahamson said. "And then have someone - if the allegations are true - come in and pretend that you are part of this heroic group of people that are fighting this fire; I think is certainly difficult for us to understand."
Maher's bond was set at $15,000. During his advisement Monday via video, Maher said he had reservations about bonding out.
"I am particularly concerned about my personal safety if I bond," Maher said to the judge.
If he chooses to post bond, Maher must not consumer drugs or alcohol, drive or handle weapons.
Maher would also be prohibited from crossing the fire lines.
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