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DA seeking tougher charges against officer involved in prostitution ring

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Michael Hayes  (Source: NCDOJ) Michael Hayes (Source: NCDOJ)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Brunswick County District Attorney's office hopes to enhance charges against Northwest Police Officer Michael Hayes, who was allegedly involved in a prostitution ring in Boiling Spring Lakes.

District Attorney Jon David said that his office is pursuing felony charges of participation in prostitution with a minor. David says they want to strip Hayes of his badge and "make sure he never works in law enforcement again."

Hayes was initially arrested in May and charged with one count of solicitation of a minor for prostitution and one count of filing a false report.

The investigation took place between November 2012 and January 2013 in the Boiling Spring Lakes area, according to authorities. 

Arrest reports show Hayes contacted a then 17-year-old girl via a Craigslist advertisement for a sex act. He then reportedly met the girl in Boiling Spring Lakes and exchanged $60 for the sexual act.

Hayes was also charged for making false statements and false reports to a Brunswick County Deputy regarding damage from bullet strikes on his car the night of November 27.

Hayes is one of five people arrested in connection with a prostitution ring in Boiling Spring Lakes.

Earlier this week, Shawn Christopher Conley was sentenced to least six and a half years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to human trafficking of a minor.

Conley now must register as a sex offender. He and Kyle Wolfe were arrested nearly a year ago.  You can read about that coverage here: http://bit.ly/1nyM8eh.

According to David, prosecutors told Judge Hill in court that Conley and Wolfe worked together to bail a 17-year-old girl out of jail in November, 2012 and then force her to prostitute herself to pay back the bond money.

The court was also made aware that many of the sex acts occurred in cars on the back roads of Boiling Spring Lakes between November 2012 and January 2013.

Investigators believe that Wolfe, Conley, and Matthew Vaczy used stolen guns to attempt a robbery on Hayes when he was with a girl. According to reports, that's when shots were fired into the vehicle and a false police report was later filed by Hayes.

Hayes will appear in front of a jury on April 21. Wolfe will appear in court on May 19, while charges against Vaczy are still pending.

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