An 18-year-old who dressed up and impersonated a police officer across Perth has pleaded guilty to 38 charges and will be sentenced in November.
Christopher Bergroth entered his pleas today in the Perth Magistrate’s Court.
A police prosecutor withdrew a string of charges against the teenager including burglary offences and added four new charges as a result of negotiations with Mr Bergroth’s lawyer Michael Clarke. He originally faced 53 charges.
The former boy scout had been accused of making a mockery of security at key police buildings.
The charges were read out in the court with the magistrate told the teenager had stolen a lanyard access card, a baton, handcuffs and police clothing, trespassed on police property including the Perth Watch House and Curtin House and impersonated an officer.
The case left senior police red-faced, veteran officers scratching their heads and the public concerned over the ease with which the Seville Grove teenager accessed critical infrastructure.
He committed the crimes between April and June this year.
The teen previously told The West Australian he had been fascinated by policing since he was a child and had dreamt of becoming a police officer.
His Facebook page listed his employer as the nation’s top secret spy organisation ASIO and says he completed studies in counterterrorism and State security at the prestigious Australian Defence Force Academy.
His lawyer Mr Clarke said outside court that his client was looking forward to putting the matter behind him.
Mr Clarke said his client did not mean to do any harm and had been “a benign threat”.Mr Bergroth is due to be sentenced on November 19.
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