FIRST ON 3: Northwest cop quit before prostitution arrest; warrant details allegations

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Submitted: Thu, 05/16/2013 - 3:58am
Updated: Thu, 05/16/2013 - 1:01pm

NORTHWEST, NC (WWAY) — Last week he was a police officer. Today he’s out of a job and has been in and out of jail. A former Northwest police officer was charged in connection to an ongoing prostitution investigation in another Brunswick County town.

The SBI charged former Northwest Police Lt. Michael Hayes with solicitation of a minor for prostitution and filing a false report. He was released from jail on bond a short time later.

An arrest warrant says Hayes contacted a 17-year-old girl through a Craigslist sex ad, then met her in Boiling Spring Lakes and gave her $60 for a sex act.

The SBI says last week BSL’s police chief asked the agency to help investigate Hayes. Northwest Police Chief Copelen Taylor says he learned about the investigation Saturday and suspended Hayes pending the outcome. He says the SBI called Monday saying it might file charges.

“It’s a let down to the department and to the citizens, but he’s human, and we make mistakes,” Chief Taylor said.

Taylor says Hayes resigned Tuesday the day before he was arrested. Hayes wrote in resignation, “I have some issues I need to attend to in my personal life.” Chief Taylor says he is disappointed.

“He apologized,” Taylor said. “He was very, very disappointed in himself. He said he made a mistake. He didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”

The warrant says the false report charge stems from information Hayes gave a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy about damage from bullet strikes to Hayes’s car in November.

It’s not the first time Hayes has been in trouble. In 1991 he was convicted of misdemeanor death by vehicle.

The woman named as the prostitute in the warrant for Hayes was also named in warrants for two men BSL Police arrested earlier this month for allegedly pimping her. At the time, Boiling Spring Lakes Police said they expected more arrests.

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42 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Northwest cop quit before prostitution arrest; warrant details allegations"

2015 years 8 months ago

I sense a little hostility towards police. Been arrested too many times? Why would you want the department to be ruined because of what he did while off-duty? You wouldn’t want McDonald’s to suffer because you did something stupid on your off time.

I do agree with you that he should go to jail if convicted. I’ll also agree with you about the no pity part except I expand it to everybody that breaks the law. When one makes the choice to break the law, one should be ready for the potential consequences of that choice. For the chief to throw the “mistake” phrase out there is sick. It wasn’t a mistake, it was an active choice to get paid female companionship and she turned out to be underage.

2015 years 8 months ago

My question is WHY hasnt the other stuff already come out?! Everyone who was at Topsail High School in 1998 KNOWS how much trouble he was in. Why is it that the news report speaks of his misdemeanor death by vehicle but not of him losing his badge in ’98 for sexually assaulting a 14 year old ON SCHOOL CAMPUS?! It is a shame that THAT truth is hidden enough to not be reported as part of his past convictions. While I understand this girl was 17 and was selling sex acts, any man should be man enough to be the responsible one. It makes me sick.

2015 years 8 months ago

The crime is solicitation, and it is unfortunate that this girl was underage, because it leaves me questioning too, where are her parents? However, let me inform you that also unfortunately, he probably DID purposefully look for underage. In 1998 he was a resource officer at Topsail High School and lost his job and badge because he had sexual encounters AND sexually assaulted students ranging from 14-18, some of the older ones consenting, but the 14 year old most definitely did not. 15 years ago, he was much younger, which made the age gap much smaller (though he was still in a position of authority and leadership, therefore should have never initiated such conduct or responded the way he did. But now, he is 15 years older, which makes him more than 20 years this girls senior. He is sick and twisted, and he has always has an attraction to younger girls, and unfortunately lacked the self-control and respect to not act upon it. He is a repeat offender when it comes to minors. Which with it being 15 years since I know of his last conviction for sexual misconduct with a minor, it makes me question how many have gone unreported between now and then. Just thought you would find that interesting.

2015 years 8 months ago

it was reported, what he did in 1998, because it was sooooo serious, and therefore he lost his badge. not sure if that is what you were referring to, but the sexual assault at Topsail High WAS reported and he WAS punished. And I agree, when you stand back and dont say anything, you as well are playing into the guilt, that is why something was said and he was reported.

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2015 years 8 months ago

He also works at the Brunswick nuclear plant as a security officer. Security up there is also affiliated with corrupt brunsco cops. Like Mr. Britain for instance.