UPDATE: Pender Sheriff suspends captain after prostitution arrest


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.

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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.