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Wausau father charged with impersonating cop to help troubled daughter

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - State law lets families hide criminal evidence so they don't incriminate their relatives -- but that courtesy does not apply to using deception to get a relative out of jail.  

63-year-old Bradley Woodward of Wausau is accused of trying to pass himself as an "officer in training," to try and get a signature bond and reduced charges for his daughter.

Marathon County jailers didn't buy it, and Woodward was charged with misdemeanor counts of impersonating an officer and obstructing police.

Authorities said the incident happened last November, when Woodward's 28-year-old daughter Autumn was in jail for allegedly stealing $1,400 in merchandise from a Walmart. She was later freed on a signature bond, with a pre-trial hearing set for February 6th.

Her father is also free on a signature bond, with a tentative trial date of March 19th. Court records show that both father and daughter have previous records for thefts and drug convictions.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)