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Sparta Village council member who attempted to meet a teen for sex in court

The case against a Sparta Village Council member who accosted a teen moves forward.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The case against a Sparta Village Council member caught trying to meet a teenager for sex is moving forward.

Ryan Hayes waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. Hayes was arrested last month after a two-week undercover sting by the Kent County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Hayes started a text conversation with an undercover employee. He was told the person he was texting with was a 14-year-old girl.

According to court documents, Hayes eventually planned to meet the 14-year-old for a date and intended on having sex with her. Hayes was arrested after arriving at the meeting spot.

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