BOLIVIA, N.C. (WECT) — A recently retired state Justice Academy official was charged Wednesday in Brunswick County with soliciting a prostitute.
Darrell Wayne Ayers, 55, of Oak Island, was released on a $500 bond.
According to the North Carolina Justice Academy Facebook page, Ayers retired at the end of last October after serving as deputy director of the state agency.
He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at his retirement, which is the state’s highest award to citizens who have a record of service to the state.
The Justice Academy trains law enforcement personnel from across North Carolina. Ayers started a new position as executive director of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.
Ayers also served as a patrol lieutenant with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Justice Academy in 1998.
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