Ex-code officer resolves case with a $100 fine

The case of a former Stanislaus County code enforcement officer who was accused of flashing his badge and threatening to arrest a store manager at a Target store was resolved with a $100 fine Friday.

Steven Scott Sather, 46, of Turlock had been charged with impersonation of a public officer, a misdemeanor that is punishable by imprisonment for up to six months in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

He pleaded no contest to an infraction.

The sole charge against Sather stemmed from an argument that ensued when Sather demanded a refund for a game based on the movie "Cars" that did not work in three computers.

According to a police report, Sather threatened to return to the store on Countryside Drive in Turlock with handcuffs and arrest a store manager who would offer him only a replacement video or something of equal value. It was the Fourth of July 2006.

As a code enforcement officer, Sather had the power to inspect facilities to see if they met health and safety codes, but he had no say over retail policies and no power to make arrests.

Jurors were not able to reach a verdict after a four-day trial in Stanislaus County Superior Court in September. A prosecutor said his office will not object if Sather seeks to have his rec-ord expunged after a one-year waiting period elapses.

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