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Police chief speaks out on prostitution sting

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) - The police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes is speaking out about a prostitution sting that has shaken up the small town.

Currently, five people have been arrested in the operation including a former police officer and a volunteer firefighter.

Chief Brad Shirley says it all started back in November when a detective found out that young girls were advertising prostitution services over the internet.

That started an intensive investigation into determining who's involved and what's fact versus fiction.

Shirley says five people are currently under arrest and being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center including Michael Hayes, a former Northwest Police Officer and Richard Mulligan, a volunteer firefighter with the Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Department.

Police said Mulligan turned himself into the magistrate's office when he was served with a warrant for arrest Thursday.  He has since been released.

The S.B.I. is heading up the investigation into Hayes due to a conflict of interest with the police department.

Meanwhile, detectives with the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department are preparing case information on the other four suspects for the District Attorney to review.

Shirley says he hopes this will be an eye opener for the rest of the community.

"Education is key," said Shirley.  "I think we need to start making efforts through the youth of our community and the parents in our community to be mindful of what's going on in the computers.  We're talking about children under the age of 17 posting ads and the dangers that come with that."

Shirley added that this is still an open investigation.  He anticipates mores arrests will be made in the next few weeks.

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