Accused Sparta councilman a no-show at meeting

SPARTA, Mich. (WOOD) — The village of Sparta councilman charged with accosting a child for sex did not show up for duty at Monday’s council meeting.

Ryan Hayes, 34, was arrested Sept. 25 in an FBI sting that allegedly caught him trying to carry out a sexual encounter with an officer who he thought was a child, officials told 24 Hour News 8. Hayes has bonded out of jail.

He so far maintains his appointed position on the village council and is running unopposed for the seat on the November ballot.

“At this point, the village doesn't possess the statutory authority to remove a member based on criminal charges,” Council President Kristi Dougan told reporters after the meeting.

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