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Rapist who posed as cop gets 5 years

A Spokane man who posed as a police officer and raped a 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Christopher M. Clough, 30, has been in jail since his arrest last September after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in Corbin Park after stopping her as she walked on Monroe Street about 1 a.m.

The woman was carrying a cup of alcohol; she told police Clough threatened to arrest her for underage drinking if she didn't have sex with him.

Clough pleaded guilty this week to third-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment and first-degree criminal impersonation.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 264 days served. He's also required to pay $816 restitution.

Report: Rape suspect posed as cop

A man accused of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Spokane park early Saturday claimed to be a police officer, then told her he would take her to jail for illegally possessing alcohol if she didn’t have sex with him, police said Monday.

According to police, Christopher M. Clough, 29, met the woman, who had been walking on Monroe Street, at about 1 a.m. in the McDonald’s parking lot at Monroe and Indiana Avenue, where he told her he was investigating rapists and offered to give her a ride home.

Believing Clough was an undercover officer, the woman got in his car but was soon handcuffed by Clough, who pointed to a cup of alcohol she was carrying and said she wouldn’t go to jail “if I gave him a piece of me,” the woman told police.

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