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Former deputy arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer

Jan 25, 2023, 2:19 PM | Updated: 2:23 pm

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HURRICANE, Utah — Parole agents have arrested a former Washington County Sheriff’s deputy for allegedly impersonating an officer in messages sent to a third party.

According to arrest documents, Jason Ryan Little, 47, was taken into custody Monday on one count of impersonating an officer and one count of possession of a weapon as a restricted person.

The investigation started when a man contacted an agent with the Utah Department of Correction’s Adult Probation and Parole, claiming that a man named Jason called numerous times, wanting to pick up something belonging to a woman who was in jail.

The man also received a photo of a man, which agents later said was Little, in a Washington County Deputy’s uniform. Along with the photo was a message reading, “Please reach out to me so I don’t need to reach out in a professional manner,” according to documents.

Parole agents later questioned Little at his home about the texts. They reportedly found a baton underneath his bed.

One arresting agent asked Little, “If you sent a text asking for her property back, stated you did not want to have to handle it in a professional manner, and included a picture of yourself inuniform, what does that look like.”

Jason reportedly sighed and said, “I know exactly what that looks like.” According to police, Little was convicted of impersonating an officer in 2019.

KSL.com reports Little is on parole after receiving a suspended one- to 15-year prison sentence in October 2022. He was convicted of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a gun as a restricted person.

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Former deputy arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer