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STEVE UECKERT CHRONICLE Quanell X holds up an ID badge at a press conference Thursday with the Rev. Ronald Steve Smith, left, on Thursday.

A Baptist minister known for helping displaced hurricane victims is accused of pretending to be a law enforcement officer, but he denies it.
Ronald Steve Smith, 49, minister at New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, is charged with impersonating a peace officer, a third-degree felony. A Harris County grand jury is expected to consider his case, said his attorney, Robert A. Jones.
"I want you to know I've done nothing wrong," Smith said during a news conference Thursday at his church in southeast Houston.
Smith, who is free on $5,000 bail, declined to discuss details of the case, but Jones said his client did not try to pass himself off as a peace officer.
According to court documents, Precinct 2 Deputy Constable Thomas Pacifico stopped Smith for an expired registration sticker on Aug. 10.
Pacifico stated in the complaint that Smith showed him a Precinct 7 badge and identification. Smith also said he was a Precinct 7 reserve officer, Pacifico stated. He released Smith with a warning.
Pacifico later checked Smith's background with Precinct 7 officials and was told that Smith had been a minister with Precinct 7 but was later fired for his conduct, according to the complaint. Pacifico then filed the charge against Smith.
Jones said Smith had been a member of Precinct 7's minister group and had been issued a badge and identification. Precinct 7 officials later asked him to return the badge after he endorsed Precinct 7 Constable May Walker's opponent in the March primary election.
Walker said Thursday she asked Smith to return the items.
Smith has helped people displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Ike.
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
 
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