Late last week it was reported that Mark Wahlberg filed for a petition on November 28th to seek a pardon for a felony assault charge stemming from 1988, for which he served three months in prison, when he was just a teenager.

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Wahlberg desires to become part of the LAPD's reserve officers

Not much information was known why the Hollywood star suddenly wanted this conviction wiped off his criminal record 27 years later, according to TMZ, however, he has requested a pardon so he can become a reserve officer for the LAPD.

Wahlberg can't currently apply for the position, which enables civilian volunteers to perform the duties of full-time police officers, because, according to the LAPD's website, reserve officers "must not have a history of criminal or improper personal conduct that may affect suitability for police work."

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The incident occurred when Wahlberg was only 16 years-old, he was arrested for assaulting man his Dorchester, Mass., neighbourhood while attempting a robbery outside a convenience store. While under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the young Wahlberg attempted to steal two cases of liquor from the victim, hitting him over the head with a stick and then punching a second man as he escaped from police.

Wahlberg stated in the petition to the Massachusetts Parole Board that the pardon "would be formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works."

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However, the 43-year-old admits his felony record could prevent him from "obtaining positions in law enforcement."