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Thomas David Hanaway, 54, is in provincial custody after being accused by police this week of two new counts of personation of a peace officer and for a lengthy list of breaches of his prior release from police custody.
Hanaway allegedly falsely held himself out to be a Staff Sgt. T.D. Hanna in a May 1 email to a US cop, according to court charging documents.
As well, police allege that at some point between May and August he sent a sympathy card to the widow of a deceased U.S. cop using the name "Sgt. Hanna of the RCMP." It's his third arrest on new and similar charges in a year's time, but it's the first time Winnipeg police have opposed releasing him. By Friday afternoon, he had not applied for bail.
He is forbidden from using social-networking websites and Twitter, but now faces several charges he went on Facebook on several occasions in the past few months.
Winnipeg police said in May an anonymous tipster contacted them to accuse Hanaway of trying to pass himself off as an RCMP officer by using his name to tag an actual cop's photos on Facebook.
A followup investigation led detectives to suspect he had been doing it for months starting in early January up until his arrest in March, a police spokesman said.
A Facebook profile under the name Tom Hanna (DIVINGCOP2) -- last updated on Wednesday -- displays police dive pictures and features a prominent picture of a handsome 40-something Mountie in his full "Review Order" (scarlet tunic) uniform. The Oct. 3 update corresponds with one of the breaches Hanaway now faces.
"As far as I am concerned, you are an extremely responsible police officer with lots of experience, definitely a role model to others. I am certainly proud to call you my brother!" one person wrote under the Hanna profile picture.
Another photo features the saying: "The thin blue line. Sometimes there's justice. Some times there's just us."
Hanaway was handed a 4 1/2-month jail sentence in 2011 for turning up at crime scenes, a police station and an East St. Paul legion dressed as a Mountie at different points between 2009 and 2010.
He sometimes assumed the rank of staff sergeant and used the name Tom Hanna.
Hanaway told police following a prior arrest he first donned the duds as part of a role-playing game with male sex partners, purchasing the paraphernalia over the Internet.