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Former police officer charged with kidnapping and rape

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Larry Kobielnik is used to being in a position of authority.

He was once a Tarpon Springs Police officer and until recently he was employed by the Transportation Security Administration.

He's in big trouble tonight after Pinellas County investigators say he faked authority to an unidentified 30 year old woman early Friday morning.

"On Friday morning at approximately 2:30 in the morning the victim was walking in the area of Gulf to Bay and Highland Ave. in Clearwater," said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Cristen Rensel. "The suspect approached her in his vehicle asked her if she needed a ride."

Investigators say the victim got in the car but asked Kobielnik to stop so she could get out.

They say he refused and then took it a step further.

"He then showed her a police badge and a gun and advised that she was under arrest," said Rensel. "He continued driving to a house in Dunedin where he sexually battered her."

After being battered deputies say the victim escaped after Kobielnik fell asleep.

"Luckily she was able to escape in this circumstance and she was able to get the tag number," said Rensel.

That tag led police to Kobielnik and he was promptly arrested.

Tarpon Springs Police confirm Kobielnik was an officer from 2001-2002 and resigned in good standing.

He was relieved of his duties by the TSA who released a statement that read in part:

"TSA holds its employees to the highest standards of conduct. This alleged violent crime is egregious and intolerable. TSA is cooperating fully with investigating authorities."

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