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Police: Firefighter arrested in BSL prostitution case; cop was robbed during encounter

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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) -- Police say two more people have been arrested in connection with a prostitution case in Boiling Spring Lakes, including a firefighter. Meanwhile, investigators say a police officer arrested in the case was robbed during the incident in question.

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Bradford Shirley said Richard Kyle Mulligan, 23, a member of the Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, is charged with participating in prostitution of a minor. Police say Mulligan turned himself in today to the magistrate's office.

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Det. Rick Spencer says in November, then Northwest Police officer Michael Hayes was texting with the 17-year-old prostitute, who told him she'd be walking along a dirt road and what she was wearing so he could pick her up.

Spencer says after Hayes picked the girl up, he drove her to another location, where he exchanged money for a sex act. During the encounter, police say three men tried to rob Hayes and shot into his car.

Police have charged Matthew Dillon Vaczy, Shawn Conley and Kyle Bradley Wolfe in connection with the attempted robbery. They are also charged in connection with a home break-in in BSL a week earlier. with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm. Conley and Wolfe have been in jail since May 4 charged with two counts each of promoting prostitution of a minor.

Spencer says Wolfe and Conley were friends in prison, and that when they got out, they started pimping. He says they started with one girl, but has expanded to involve more.

The SBI also charged Hayes with filing a false report based on information investigators say he gave a Brunswick County Sheriff's deputy about the damage to his car. Police say Hayes did not report the robbery to police. Instead investigators developed the information through the ongoing prostitution investigation and forwarded it on to the SBI.

"His name came up as part of the investigation, and once his name came up we immediately contacted the SBI," Spencer said. "We wanted no part of it because of his position with the police department."

We went by Hayes's home in Southport today for his side of the story, but no one came to the door.

Police say the 17-year-old girl has not been charged, because she is a minor who was forced into prostitution.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Boiling Spring Lakes Police at (910) 845-2247.

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