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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith released a statement Friday morning saying that after an internal investigation, Capt. Mark Sloan had been dismissed. Wilmington Police arrested Sloan earlier in the week for soliciting a prostitute and crimes against nature.

We reached out to Capt. Sloan, and although he told us he couldn’t talk about the details, he did say this situation has been very hard on him and his family.

Sloan says he has been best friends with Sheriff Smith for many years and has worked very closely with him on the job. He says he stands by the sheriff’s decision, because he wants what is best for the department after serving the county for 24 years. Sloan says after all the media coverage of the incident, he was not surprised by the decision.

When we spoke with him about the incident that landed him in jail Tuesday night, he did not give specifics. He did say however that he had “good intentions” and that it was not sex.

Sloan says he thinks another television station is misconstruing information and has an inside source that is not being truthful.

He says he is a religious man who is turning to his faith in this tough time and hopes the truth will come out in the end.

Sloan says there is a silver lining in all the drama that he’s had to deal with in the past week. He says he never knew how much he was appreciated in the community until it extended its support to him during this situation.

The Wilmington Police Department confirmed Friday that the passenger in Sloan’s car at the time of his arrest was male. Other details of the situation are still not available because the case is still under investigation. Sloan will be in court August 22.

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  • RNC

    Well said!

  • RockAGlock

    Let him have his pension. He can use it at the commisary in prison. He can aquire all the friendly company he can handle; once he’s behind bars that is.

  • Former Deputy

    By excellent officer I am assuming your endorsing the solicitation of a black male prostitute, by a racist white man. I’m not sure I would associate the term “excellent officer” with someone like Mark Sloan. However, we could just empty the jails of all our sexual deviants and give them guns and badges too. By your logic we’d have a whole force of “excellent officers” … Don’t post foolish statements. Sloan got what he deserved.

  • unknownLEO

    are you serious , he committed a crime which makes his personal life not so personal anymore. Also there is no way this is his first time doing this. seeing how he is from Willard NC i doubt he just by chance found a prostitution area, odds are he had been there before only this time he got a suprise. He is a disgrace to all of us Law Enforcement Officers in the world and people like him give us a bad name!!!

  • Das Weibstück

    Never been that hard up. Besides isnt this why we have hands so if we get sexually frustrated we can handle it? (No pun intended). This guy has problems and needs to come out of the closet. OH n/m he just did, in a really big way.

  • HAHA

    If you look just to the left of the Office’s name, you will see a box that has RP in it. That code stands for Reporting Person. This is the arresting Officer. So if you see him, buy him a beer or lunch. Thanks WPD…..

  • First of all, God IS concerned about our sexual orientation. If you want to make yourself sound like a child of God, read the Bible, and don’t spurt out useless dribble. Secondly, when you are a child of God, your “want tos” change. Mistakes are mistakes, but I think this goes much deeper. Stop trying to sound holy and act like a true Christian, if you aren’t one.

  • SurfCityTom

    does that mean he qualifies for a pension based on years of service?

  • Jim Tarleton

    Mark has been an asset to our community for many years, and he has served us well. I hate to see his career destroyed by this action, as he was an excellent officer. His personal life deserved to remain just that, but life can be cruel.

    Hang in there, Mark old buddy. I was your friend in the good times, and I will remain your friend through this situation also. You made a poor choice, but you don’t deserve to be destroyed for it. I believe you will discover your friends will be just that – your friends.


  • Former Deputy

    Mark Sloan had absolutely no business in law enforcement. Right now, he’s getting his ‘just deserts’ for a career of dirty deeds. I pray God will save his soul, and NEVER allow him to return to a position in law enforcement.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Do you think he brought the male prostitute with him?

    THIS is where the male prostitutes ARE. If we have a bad name, don’t blame Sloan alone. Blame all the others who are the reason that they’re here, male and female.

    It’s called “supply and demand.”

  • wallace

    >>>>Picking up male hookers isn’t something a man just starts doing one night in his 50’s.

    Really, what age did you start?

  • Attorney28445

    HMM this situation sounds like the one New Hanover had last year with Charles Smith, taking boys to Legends (gay bar) in Raleigh. I wonder if the two deputies knew each other?

  • Guest350

    This whole thing has the stench of politics. Something more is going on than has been reported.

  • Wakeupwilmington

    Looks like the other male was a Wilmington police officer. The arrest report shows his employer as the WPD. Was this a vice sting?

  • Das Weibstück

    ….. no sex. Hummm so I guess he was picking up male prostitutes to bring them back to god? Maybe trying to get them to enroll in college, maybe trying to get them an honest job at the sheriffs dept.?

    Picking up male hookers isn’t something a man just starts doing one night in his 50’s. This is just the FIRST time hes been caught !

  • Guest456

    Why did he have to come to Wilmington and give us a bad name? He should have stayed in Pender County

  • unsure

    He said he had good intentions….? He was going to rehabilitate a male prostitute? He felt the poor dude needed the money? WOW

  • rassta

    We wish Captain Sloan only the best. We have no vested interest (other than being citizens of Pender County), but we hope that Mark and everyone else can move forward and not dwell on sordid details. We’ve been married 28+ years (man and wife) and believe that God is more concerned about the myriad ways we find to hate other rather than how we express our sexual orientation. That said, Mark should not have broken the law. He is held to a higher standard as a law enforcement officer and should (and could) have made better choices. Best wishes to you, Captain Sloan. You are a beloved child of God and probably can’t even imagine the path that God will anoint for you.

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