Michael Maher, 30, is facing impersonation and theft charges in Larimer and Jefferson Counties for playing a "phony" role as a firefighter in the High Park Fire and the Lower North Fork Fire.
Sixty pages of incident reports, released by the Larimer County Sheriff's Department, accuse Michael Maher of crossing fire lines, using a government license plate on a personal vehicle, using stolen radios and possessing stolen food while wearing firefighter gear.
Laura and Eddie Franklin, who work together at the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, tell investigators in the report Maher claimed he was a federal employee who ordered them around and lectured them on safety protocol.
From the report:
"The FRANKLINS related several instances of odd behavior by MAHER, to include asking where he
could find some "skanks" and playing the radio loudly in the truck and singing along to a Journey song. LAURA stated this was odd because you cannot hear the command radio with the music blaring."
9Wants to Know reported in June about two women who claim Maher raped them as teenagers. Maher is currently a registered sex offender.
Attorneys for Maher say their client was just trying to help firefighters.
His attorney, David Beller, issued a statement saying his client "truly wanted to help fire authorities and thought he could. He now realizes that his decisions could have potentially caused more harm than good and he regrets these decisions."
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