Man Suspected of Sex Trafficking Teen Turned in to Police by His Mother

A Milwaukee high school teacher turned her own son in to police after she suspected he was sex trafficking one of her students, investigators said.

Sean Hayes, 50, was arrested in November and charged with one felony count of trafficking a child for sex and a misdemeanor charge of having sex with a child age 16 or older. He was scheduled to go to trial in June.

The criminal complaint in Hayes’ case revealed his mother, who works as a teacher at James E. Groppi High School, alerted authorities after an 18-year-old girl told her she was working with Hayes in his escort business, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Hayes, Sean dob 042267, arrest date 11 Sean Hayes was arrested in November 2017 after his mother turned him in for alleged sex trafficking. Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

According to prosecutors, Hayes approached the then 17-year-old girl at a bus stop in August and told her that she would make a good model for his business called “Shining Stars Adult Entertainment.” The girl later learned that the job was actually to be an escort.

The complaint said the girl met with Hayes the following day and was told that she could be a “call girl.” The girl said she also had sex with Hayes. As a “call girl,” the girl was told she could not use her real name or age with clients and would instead go by the name of “Honey.”

Between August and October, the girl worked as an escort and made trips from Milwaukee to Green Bay, Waukesha, Wauwatosa and Chicago. On at least one occasion, Hayes pressured her to have sex with him and told her it was “to gain her trust,” prosecutors said.

During a trip from Chicago to Milwaukee, Hayes reportedly took a phone call from his mother and the girl recognized the other person on the line as her high school teacher, FOX6 reported.

According to court records, the teen later confessed to her teacher that she had missed classes at James Groppi High School “because she had been working as an escort for her son.” Hayes’ mother then called police, leading to his arrest.

Screen Shot 2018-03-05 at 3 A teacher at James Groppi High School turned her son in to police after her student told her that she was missing classes because "she had been working as an escort for her son." Google Maps

Hayes, who denied the allegations, told detectives he was approached by a girl named Honey. He said he refused to allow her to work for him because she would not show him identification. Hayes’ attorney told FOX6 that his client “maintains his innocence” and said that “records will prove the girl is lying.”

According to the Journal Sentinel, Hayes is out on bail. His trial is set for June 18, 2018.