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Philly man impersonated priest, visited sick officer


By David O'Reilly
Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — The Northeast Philadelphia man arrested Monday for impersonating a Catholic priest and deceiving the family of an injured police officer has also pretended to be a city firefighter, deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania's speaker of the House, and president of his college's student body.

Paul N. Schlear Jr., 26, has been charged with criminal trespass and false impersonation for presenting himself as a cleric at the hospital bedside of Officer Richard Hayes.

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