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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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Mouse Speaker
2016 years 2 months ago

You nailed it right on the head man! CORRECT there are HUGE DOUBLE STANDARDS going on in the “judicial and enforcement” agencies in this state, makes folks NOT want to spend tourist money for fear of what torture their DAUGHTERS would endure visiting such a backwards world! (just sayin)

Well said Mister! Well Said!

Pender County resident
2016 years 2 months ago

My only comment concerning this incident,is this. Innocence is assumed in our courts until guilt is proven. Far too often we see guilt by accusation, whereby the mere instance of accusation implies guilt. However, there is an old saying I remember from my grandmother,”where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. It seems there would have to be some immediate indicator for the charges to be filed. A lot of good questions have been asked in the previous comments. (i.e what was he doing there at this time of night, etc.) Let’s let the courts take care… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

I wonder why this man wasn’t fired on the spot? Sure is funny to me that a 911 dispatcher gets fired because she lives with her boyfriend, and a Lt was shacking up with his girlfriend and nothing was done. A Sgt does the right thing over in Hampstead for some malnourished horses fired and wow we have Capt Sloan in wilmington charged with prostitution and he gets suspended. What the heck is really going on in Pender County? This man should be terminated immediately!!! You know the famous words that they Like to use “You’re services are no… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

those who know mark sloan know that this scandal makes sloan officially the biggest hypocrite in the history of pender county. this is outrageous! pender county taxpayers don’t need to be insulted this way, sloan needs to be fired, immediately! doesn’t matter whether the charges are antiquated, his behavior was unacceptable and an embarrassment for the department and the citizens of pender county! sloan has been involved in hiring and firing deputies during his term as captain and has dismissed dozens of deputies without definitive evidence or convictions showing misconduct, merely an allegation was enough for sloan to say, “your… Read more »

dont matter
2016 years 2 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)

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