Southaven Alderman Arrested, Accused Of Procuring Prostitution

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - UPDATE 12/14/2017 - Local 24 News has learned Ronnie Hale has retired from his job as a Memphis firefighter.

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(ORIGINAL STORY 11/22/2017)

Scandal in Southaven after one of its elected officials is arrested on sex-related charges. Ronnie Hale is facing a charge of procuring prostitution.

Hale is not only a Southaven Alderman, he is a long-time Memphis city firefighter.

When Hale left the Desoto County jail in Mississippi, Local I-Team Senior Investigator Jeni Diprizio asked, “Ronnie what do you have to say about the charges?” Hale said nothing. Diprizio asked again, "you have nothing to say about the charges?” Hale didn't answer.

With a guard escorting him, Hale jumped into a bail bondsman's car and drove away. Outside the bail bond office, Hale met a woman and gave her a hug.

The Local I-Team has learned Hale was arrested in Desoto County shortly after he finished working his shift as a Memphis firefighter. Hale has been with the department more than 25 years.

Hale lives in Southaven, Mississippi. He was first elected to alderman in 2009 and served until 2013. He was then reelected in 2016.

At this point, no details are being released about the circumstances surrounding his arrest and the procuring prostitution charge he is facing. He is out of jail on $1,000 bond.

Southaven Mayor Darren Musslewhite released this statement:

While this is obviously very concerning to me, it is a personal legal matter for Alderman Hale with an ongoing investigation by the Desoto County Sheriff's Department.  It is not appropriate for me to make any further comment until the investigation and judicial process has been completed.

Statement from Memphis Fire Department:

Ronnie Hale has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the administrative investigation.

 

 

 

 


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