State Police Sergeant Arrested In Internet Sex Sting

Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 8:23 am
By: News On 6

DETROIT (AP) _ A Michigan State Police sergeant was arrested in an Internet sting after authorities say he had a graphic sexual conversation with investigators posing as 13- and 14-year-old girls.

The attorney general's office said Kevin Michael Hardoin, 45, also propositioned investigators to watch a sexually explicit act via Web camera.

Hardoin was arrested Monday at the state police post in Richmond, and a computer was seized from his Chesterfield Township home.

Hardoin was charged with eight counts of using a computer to accost and solicit a minor for immoral purposes, a 10-year felony if convicted; and five counts of using a computer to disseminate sexually explicit material to a minor, a four-year felony. He was released on $50,000 personal bond.

A telephone number for Hardoin was unlisted, and the attorney general's office didn't know whether he had representation.

State records show Hardoin was at one time a coordinator for the Monroe chapter of the Safe Kids initiative, a child accident prevention program responsible for events such as child safety seat inspections. He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case, Cox's office said.

``Behavior such as this from anyone is unacceptable,'' said Col. Peter Munoz, director of the Michigan State Police.