A former Northwest police officer was found guilty Wednesday of soliciting a minor for prostitution and filing a false police report, according to District Attorney Jon David's Office.
The judge then threw out the guilty verdict on the charge of solicitation of a minor for prostitution, ruling that there was not enough evidence to prove that the girl was underage.
District Attorney Jon David said he respects the judge's decision but plans to appeal the decision.
Michael Hayes, 40, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, but that sentence was suspended, and given one year of probation for filing a false police report.
Arrest reports say Hayes contacted a 17-year-old girl on a Craigslist advertisement for a sex act. He then met the girl on the night of November 27, 2012 in Boiling Spring Lakes and exchanged $60 for the sex act.
Hayes was also a victim of an attempted armed robbery that night and made false statements and reports to a Brunswick County deputy regarding bullet-hole damage to his car.
Three people were charged in connection to the armed robbery.
Two of the suspects, Kyle Wolfe and Sean Conley, were arrested in connection to a prostitution investigation in the Boiling Spring Lakes area that began in 2012.
Police said the investigation involved advertisements on the internet via different social media websites.
The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department asked for the SBI's assistance to investigate Hayes on May 8, 2013.
Northwest Police Chief C.O. Taylor suspended Hayes with pay when he learned of the investigation.
Hayes resigned from the Northwest Police Department on May 15, 2013 and was taken into custody the next day.