Former Columbus City Council candidate pleads guilty to impersonating officer

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Last year, this fairy-tale-like story grabbed the headlines.

A young man, not even old enough to drink, endorsed by the Franklin County Republican Party in his run for Columbus City Council. Kieran Cartharn didn’t win a seat, but he did catch the eye of party leaders.

Cartharn’s story recently took a major twist. The 21-year-old Linden man pleaded guilty to three counts of impersonating a police officer. In each case, police say Cartharn approached a young woman on OSU housing property, and claimed to be a police officer.

Cartharn could have received up to six months in jail for each count of impersonating a police officer. Instead, he’ll be on probation for the next year. During that time, Cartharn must stay away from OSU campus, and witnesses.

Both Cartharn and the Franklin County Republican Party office didn’t return calls from NBC4 Investigator Tom Sussi.

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