SBI to investigate possible criminal activity by Wilmington police officers

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating to see if Wilmington police officers committed crimes during a botched prostitution sting last year.

The Star News Online reported that the SBI has opened a probe in hope that the independent investigation will restore confidence in Wilmington’s police force.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David announced the investigation Friday.

Evangelous said officers poorly ran an undercover operation targeting escort services acting as fronts for prostitution.

Officials said undercover officers invited escorts to an RV, where they breached department guidelines for drinking alcohol and documenting cash expenditures, as well as other violations.

One of the women charged during the sting described drinking liquor with the officers before they offered her $14,000 for sex.

Source: The Star News Online.