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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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  • Frances C

    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.

  • Mouse Speaker

    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

    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 of this matter for none of us are in possession of all the facts.

  • Guest3094

    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 longer needed.” Just my thoughts.

  • Guestabc

    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 service is no longer needed”. pender county deputies are held to the highest standards of conduct and morals and sloan was intolerant of any exceptions, regardless of how antiquated or unsubstantiated the accusation! sloan was a dedicated officer and servant of pender county but perversions of this nature are totally unacceptable for the moral conduct of a leo, most definitely a leader in the department! sloan had the gall to take a trip 1 county away and seek favors of a sexual nature illegally and expect to be the exception to the very rules he has enforced without mercy! how can the citizens and deputies ever trust sloan again, he has lost his integrity and as a leo, that is the most important and valuable thing you have. without integrity, you are nothing! sloan should save the sheriff the trouble of firing him and step down in order to preserve the good name of those that remain and those who do have morals and standards and integrity! that would be the ‘honorable’ thing for him to do at this point, if he cares any at all about his county, his deputies, and his sheriff!

  • The simple truth to the whole issue at hand is this. Nobody made Mark Sloan drive to Wilmington and go searching for a date for the evening other than himself. No one made him drive to Physican’s Dr. with a male prostitute, which shows intent, other than himself. How can anyone call this a setup? He did it himself. It does not matter if the city officer’s reasonable suspicion was Sloan’s failing to give a turn signal, which is beyond reasonable suspicion. It is a violation of the law and would contitute a valid stop in any court. We as the public do not know what the evidence of the crime against nature would be. The city officer, Sloan and the prostitute would know what that is, but will have to be mentioned in court. The fact of the the matter is this. Just look at the circumstantial evidence here. He was stopped on Physican’s Dr. Why was he in this area? There certainly are no doctors office open at that time of night. Maybe he had an appointment the next day and had his friend riding with him to find the doctor’s office. That is doubtful, but would be enough to constitute an investigative traffic stop at that time of night in a medical area, even without the turn signal violation. People usually do these types of things when they are up to no good. Which seems to be the case here. We are all human and do stray from the path from time to time, but when we are caught with our hand in the cookie jar have to face the consequences of our actions.

    When Sloan was sworn in this past December he took an oath of office in which he swore to uphold the laws of the Constitution of the United States and of the State of North Carolina. No matter how dumb we as the public may think they are, they are still the laws of this state. And he swore to uphold them and enforce them. Sloan should be held to a higher standard than most of us, just as all officers should be. Even if the crime against nature is dismissed there is still the fact that solicitation of a prostitue took place. If memory severes me correctly prostitution is still against the law. And this was a violation of the law. And simply put a violation of the law is just that. I know some of you will say speeding is a violation of the law and I would not agree more, or this is a victimless crime. Prostitution is not a victimless crime. How many of you would go have sexual relations with a prostitute then go home and have sexual relations with your spouse or significant other. I would venture to say none of you reading this.

    You ask me how I can say these things, I have worked for Mark Sloan, as many others have. I am glad that so many of you think he is a wonderful person. I will not attack him as a person. But I will say this. Those people who have worked for Mark hold a differing opinion than the general public. Even some of those who still serve the Pender County Sheriff’s Office have this same opinion, but will not speak out because the fear possibly loosing their jobs.

    When it is all said and done, a violation of the law took place and he was caught. Now, the time to pay the piper will soon come. Those other officers who continue to break the law will be found out in time. Stop pointing fingers and using speculation. The facts are the facts in this case and there seems to be little room for speculation. Sure we can all sit back and play Monday morning quarterback, but Mark will have his day in court to present his side of the story unless he chooses to invoke his fifth amendment right against self incrimination.

  • bad boys bad boys

    This guy was a tool in high school, trying to stop people driving in town and making citizen arrest. Now he gets busted with a male prostitue. Bad boys Bad boys what u gonna do. Ha ha karma is a mother

  • notyou

    keep them out of the streets!

  • Guest 6935

    apparently he has none!! i totally agree! i have kids and neighbors with kids that live all down blueberry rd. nothing tragic happened by the grace of god! but very easily could have. great question!!!

  • Det Sgt Retired

    WOW, what comes around goes around. Every dog appears to have his day coming. Doesn’t matter if he used a turn signal or was pimping or was the prostitute or was using the prostitute, HE WAS A LEO AND SHOULD HAVE MAINTAINED HIS POSITION OF INTEGRITY AS A LEO AND NOT HAVE BEEN IN A POSITION OF SUCH..EVERYTHING AFTER PUTTING HIMSELF IN THAT POSITION JUST DON’T MATTER

  • ilovehampstead

    I know Mark and he has always been there to protect our community and has given a lot of great advice to so many of us. I consider him a friend and hope the best for him. Nobody is perfect and we all have a few secrets, we’re all human. What he’s done for good for Pender county surely outweighs this. Hang in there Mark.

  • bryan foxbower

    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?????

  • Das Weibstück

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

  • Guest3293

    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”.

  • dont matter

    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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