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Mich. State police sergeant arrested in Internet sex sting

By DAVID RUNK, Associated Press Writer

DETROIT — 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.

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