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Ex-Policeman Pleads Guilty in Olympic Bomb Hoax

July 16, 1985

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A former policeman who planted a bomb aboard an Olympic bus and later removed it to make it appear he was a hero pleaded guilty Monday to possessing explosives.

Jimmy Pearson, 41, who resigned from the police force shortly after the incident, entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Gerald Levie. He could face up to four years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 20.

The hoax was one of few negative incidents marring the Olympic Games last summer.

Pearson was accompanying a bus carrying luggage of Turkish athletes to Los Angeles International Airport from their quarters after the Games last Aug. 13.

At the airport, he claimed to have discovered the pipe bomb in a wheel well of the bus, then removed it and disarmed it.

Pearson was at first hailed as hero.

But the next day, after an all-night investigation and interrogation, police announced that Pearson had been arrested and accused of planting the bomb to attract attention to himself.

They said at the time that Pearson apparently felt he was being overlooked by his superiors and wanted to do something dramatic to get their attention.

Pearson had been assigned throughout the Olympics to provide security for athletic teams deemed potential targets of terrorism.

Police said if the bomb had exploded, it could have injured anyone nearby.

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