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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A high-ranking Pender County deputy is off the job facing prostitution charges. Wilmington Police say they arrested Capt. Mark Sloan last night.

Police charged Sloan with soliciting prostitution, crimes against nature and directional signals required after pulling him over on Physicians Drive around 11:30 pm. Tuesday.

Police say they initially pulled Sloan for the traffic signal violation before finding evidence of the other crimes.

Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith says there are serious consequences for one of his deputies breaking the law.

“Because of the gravity of the charges and any disruption it may cause in the department, Capt. Sloan has been suspended without pay pending our administrative investigation and seeing what we find out with the criminal process,” Smith said.

Sloan was released from jail overnight under a $5,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 22.

Sheriff Smith says everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but his department is following standard procedure to ensure order.

“It is protocol. If somebody’s charged with a crime, we definitely are going to look at how it’s going to effect the department,” Smith said. “In this case, suspension seemed like the only thing we could do right now until we can sort through what happened and let the criminal process take its way.”

Smith says no one is above the law and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office will make a more definitive decision once all the facts are available.

A spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department says the other person involved was not arrested. She said there are specific reasons why they were not charged, but she cannot yet release those details.

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43 Comments on "UPDATE: Pender Sheriff suspends captain after prostitution arrest"

dont matter
2015 years 10 months ago

I like how nobody wants to do anything about this except post things, (lies ) on the internet..amazing how humanity is now (saracasm)

2015 years 10 months ago

Guess I am a little confused here. The article stated “they initially pulled Sloan for the traffic signal violation before finding evidence of the ‘other’ crimes”. How do you pull someone over for a traffic violation and then find “evidence of crimes against nature”. Maybe the two “suspects” decided to provide a show to the officers after being pulled over. Sounds to me like a “set-up” as in “somebody was out to get him”.

Frances C
2015 years 10 months ago

At least he got supended, Clinton didn’t. I have found most of the officers from Pender county are very nice and honorable and I did say most not all.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

Exactly what are we suppose to do? If its true we can all take him out behind the woodshed I guess?

bryan foxbower
2015 years 10 months ago

if seriff smith has protocol on this type of situation then i would like to know what if any is used in high speed chases?????


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