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S P E C I A L R E P O R T : C H I L D H O O D B E T R AY E D Goals to
improve
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beachside
It took years of complaints before Michael Boland was convicted of having Committee
compiling list; final
sex with a minor. One of those who spoke out ended up dead in his bed. recommendations
expected in January

By Eileen Zaffiro-Kean
eileen.zaffiro@news-jrnl.com

DAYTONA BEACH— Make


it crystal clear to the rest of the
world that the city ceased to be
the MTV Spring Break Capital
decades ago.
Rather than chasing after 10
beachside improvements at
once, start with one redevel-
opment project that has the
powertosetoffachainreaction
of upgrades.
Have the county govern-
ment and coastal cities march
together into Tallahassee and
Washington, D.C., in search of
state and federal funds.
Those are some of the ideas
in the running for a spot on
the final list of recommenda-
tions from a committee asked
to come up with ideas to resus-
citate the struggling beachside
from Ormond Beach down to
Daytona Beach Shores.
The Beachside Redevelop-
mentCommittee,a14-member
groupoflocalleadersappointed
by the County Council a little
more than six months ago, is
Stephanie Looney visited the memorial for her daughter Hailey Cole last week at Hillside Cemetery in Ormond Beach. Hailey, 19, was getting close to choosing its
found dead last year in the bed of Michael Boland, a career criminal who for years was accused of sexually exploiting underage girls. suggestions. The committee
[NEWS-JOURNAL/DAVID TUCKER] hopes to refine a rough draft
of ideas during its meeting
Mondaynight,andthenhaveits
By Suzanne Hirt from Hailey in exchange for drugs when she About this project final list together next month.
suzanne.hirt@news-jrnl.com was still underage. Committee member Rodney

I
Officials ruled Hailey’s death an overdose. Daytona Beach News- Cruise wants the final product
t wasn’t her first attempt at sobriety, Looney struggles not to drown in grief and Journal reporter tobemorethananundeveloped
but this time Hailey Cole vowed that unanswered questions. Suzanne Hirt spent list of bullet points.
things would be different. She would “Why didn’t she call me?” Looney asks months documenting “I am less concerned about
stay clean, get her life together. herself a year-and-a-half later. “Why would how underage girls what is on the list, and more
Hailey, 19, didn’t make it. she call him?” become victims of interested in the group getting
In June 2016, days after a judge approved Another question also looms. Why did it sex crimes in Volusia averyclearstrategicplan,”said
her release from substance abuse rehabilita- take so long for law enforcement to prosecute County. She pored over Cruise,seniorvicepresidentfor
tion, Hailey called her mother, Stephanie Boland? police records and inves- administration and planning at
Looney, from Florida Hospital Oceanside. Boland was convicted in October of unlaw- tigative documents, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
She said she’d been hit by a car while riding ful sex with a minor, contributing to the interviewed sex crime University.
her bike. delinquency of a minor and three counts of victims and their family Cruise believes the best way
Hailey put a nurse on the line. Hailey was depriving custody. Those charges involved members, and attended totackletheoverwhelmingtask
fine, the nurse said. a girl The News-Journal is identifying as court hearings. Among of overhauling a large swath of
That was the last time Looney heard her “Hannah” because she is a sex crime victim. her findings: Preda- thebeachsideistostartwithone
daughter’s voice. When she called back to the But that conviction did not occur until tors are difficult for law toppriority,andthenhavelocal
hospital later, Hailey was gone. The nurse said Looney and others had filed at least 12 enforcement to bring to leaders join forces to go after
she’d phoned someone else to pick her up. complaints about Boland to area law justice, and solutions to that goal. There could be up to
Hailey died the next day, June 8, 2016, in enforcement in four years. Records also improve the system are three top priorities, but each
the bed of Michael Boland, a 67-year-old show that Boland was on the FBI’s radar. difficult to find. goalneedsaclearstep-by-step
career criminal. Years earlier, Looney had
reported Boland to police for soliciting sex See EXPLOITED, A9 See BEACHSIDE, A12

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Stephanie Looney, the mother of Hailey, and her husband, Mike, hold up the program from Hailey’s memorial service. Stephanie said she began reporting Boland’s sexual
relationship with her daughter to police when Hailey was 14. [NEWS-JOURNAL/JIM TILLER]

EXPLOITED County. His name appears


numerous times in police
reports, mostly for pawned
Boland supplied the enter-
tainment. He took the girls
to Skate and Shake every
“WHAT DO YOU DO
OTHER THAN GO TO THE
officers everything about
the relationship. Looney
said she also called repeat-
GOVERNMENT? KILL THE
From Page A1 property, but also for bat- weekend and then to his MAN? I SHOULD HAVE.” edly to follow up on that
tery, fraudulent business Atlantic Avenue office to visit. But Daytona Beach
practices and passing bad surf the internet. Stephanie Looney, the mother police told The News-Jour-
The News-Journal exam- checks. He served little jail Marshall, now 20, lost of Hailey Cole nal they do not have a record
ined hundreds of pages of time. Between 2001 and touch with those friends of that meeting.
law enforcement investiga- 2016, he only served 19 when she moved to DeLand Looney said she also filed
tive reports and interviewed days in Volusia County jail, in sixth grade. That was a cellphone. an online report with the
teenage victims and their records show. few years before accusa- Boland had bought them, FBI and called the state
parents who question why But to Looney, Boland tions against Boland for she told her mother. Looney Department of Children and
Boland’s sex crimes contin- appeared at first to be a sex with minors and child called him, irate. She had Families. Two DCF case-
ued unchecked for so long. businessman living in her pornography began trickling married Mike Looney by workers came to her home
“What do you do other Ormond Beach neighbor- in to local law enforcement that time and moved out of and one of them explained
than go to the government? hood. He came home at agencies. Boland’s neighborhood. that they had been trying
Kill the man?” Stephanie day’s end in a suit and tie. Marshall was taken from Boland insisted on his to catch Boland for years,
Looney said. “I should have.” He carried a briefcase. her mother and returned right to shower his daugh- Looney recalled.
Katie Marshall, one to foster care. She crossed ter’s friends with gifts and On Dec. 12, 2014 — when
A ‘perfect father figure’ of the runaways Boland paths with Boland again accused Looney of neglect. Hailey was 17 — records
was recently convicted of when she ran away from a “I’m not giving her $100 a show a Daytona Beach
Stephanie Looney didn’t harboring, first met Boland Polk County foster home day, but she has a home and police officer accompanied
know about Boland’s past through his adopted daugh- in August 2015. This time, a family,” Stephanie Looney DCF caseworker Lindsey
when he moved into her ter in elementary school. at age 17, her childhood shot back. She ordered him Sprague to an interview
Ormond Beach neighbor- According to a later state- illusions about Boland were to stay away. with Hailey and her mother.
hood in the early 2000s. ment to investigators, shattered. Hailey started running “It was learned that
Stephanie Looney was Boland’s adopted daugh- Marshall now recognized away from home. She also several under-aged females
Stephanie Morgan back ter was the daughter of a Boland as a man in his mid- began using heroin and have been taken advantage
then, a young, unmarried woman with whom Boland 60s who she said made his abusing prescription pills. of and given money and
mother with four children. began a relationship when living through theft and Looney recalls the day drugs by Mr. Boland for
She and Jim Cole had never she was 15. drug deals. Boland was an Hailey came home at 14 and sex,” the report states. “It
married, but the union pro- Boland dazzled Marshall. opportunist, she said. held out her arms. “Look at seems that the above behav-
duced Looney’s first three He was “one of those perfect “He’ll give you anything the track marks, Mommy,” ior has been going on for
daughters, the oldest one father figures” who doted you want if you do what Looney recalled Hailey some time, possibly years,
being Hailey. Hailey went to on his daughter and her he wants,” she told The saying. “I need help.” and it is unknown how
kindergarten with Boland’s friends, Marshall told The News-Journal. Police records show many young girls have been
adopted daughter. News-Journal. To investigators, Marshall Hailey coming to the atten- involved.”
Looney noticed other Hailey, too, was in that was more direct. “He likes tion of law enforcement The report labeled
young girls being dropped group of grade school younger girls who like — he dozens of times for vari- Hailey a “victim of human
off at Boland’s home two girls. Hailey was “special” does favors for younger ous incidents beginning in trafficking.”
doors down. He was a math to Boland, Marshall said. girls,” she said of Boland. 2011. The Looneys reported
tutor for Volusia County Hailey’s baby picture smiled “In return — I don’t think Hailey missing or commit- A ‘prolific pedophile’
schools, he told her. down from Boland’s living he — he doesn’t — it’s not ted her for mental health in plain sight
Records don’t back that room wall. about them performing a evaluations several times,
claim. He applied for a posi- Marshall had been in sexual act on him, it’s him police records show. Hailey’s friend, Lydia,
tion in 2005, school district Department of Children performing a sexual act on At one point when Hailey recounted her own experi-
spokeswoman Nancy Wait and Families custody before them.” was 14, Looney said she ences with Boland to The
said, but was disqualified moving to Ormond Beach called Ormond Beach police News-Journal during an
after a background check. with her mother. Her dad ‘I need help’ to report Boland’s relation- interview at the Looneys’
A+ Tutoring, the county’s wasn’t around, but Boland ship with her daughter. home and via phone and
contracted service at the was. He had an inviting In 2011, when she was 14, She said she was referred Facebook messages. The
time, confirmed they never home with a pool and sev- Hailey came home from a to Daytona Beach police. newspaper is not using her
employed Boland. eral pets. shopping trip with friends Looney said she took Hailey last name because investi-
In fact, Boland had only His daughter often asked sporting new clothes, mani- to the Daytona Beach Police gative reports indicate she
recently returned to Volusia friends to sleep over, and cured nails and an expensive Department and Hailey told was also a victim of sexual
County. crimes.
In the early 1990s, Boland Lydia met Boland’s
was extradited from Day- adopted daughter at
tona Beach to his home state Ormond Beach Middle
of Massachusetts to stand School. During a sleepover
trial for a revenge-moti- at Boland’s house, two
vated arson. friends cautioned Lydia that
He’d faced previous Boland was “creepy,” she
charges there, including said, and told her to exit the
indecent assault and battery home through a back bed-
on a 12-year-old, wanton room if Boland approached
property damage and bat- her during the night.
tery on a social worker. Lydia brushed off the
None of those accusations warning, but said she
stuck. “found out the hard way” in
But then a young woman July 2012 when Boland tried
who news accounts and a to perform oral sex on her.
police report indicate began “I got really freaked out. I
a relationship with Boland jumped up, put my clothes
in her early teens provided back on and got in the car,”
the testimony prosecutors she said. Lydia was 13.
needed to convict him of the Boland called her “hard-
arson. He served five years to-get Lydia” because she
in a Massachusetts prison, wouldn’t have sex with
and came back to Volusia him or accept the drugs he
County sometime after his constantly tried to push on
release in 1998. Hailey Cole and Michael Boland took a selfie the day before Hailey died in Boland’s bed. Boland was her. Lydia said he eventually
Boland also had problems picking up Hailey from the hospital after she had a bicycle accident. Her family never saw her again.
when he returned to Volusia [PHOTO PROVIDED] See EXPLOITED, A10
A10 Sunday, December 17, 2017 | The Daytona Beach News-Journal

CHILDHOOD BETRAYED

EXPLOITED but no illegal content was


found on the devices seized
by law enforcement.
case. “They pick victims
carefully, knowing that type
is less likely to be believed.”
From Page A9 On Feb. 17, 2014, two Rose’s pre-Stetson career
girls ages 13 and 17 accused includes experience as both
Boland of touching them a prosecutor of sex crimes
paid her to let him watch inappropriately during a and a defense attorney for
— and sometimes record drive to a Taco Bell. accused predators. “As a
— her having sex with her The 13-year-old told prosecutor, if I go forward
boyfriend. Volusia County investiga- too soon without enough
A few days after Christ- tors that on the way home evidence, I may never get
mas 2012, the first official from the restaurant Boland this guy,” Rose said.
report of Boland’s abuse The began rubbing her leg and
News-Journal could find told her “it was time for ‘My daughter’s
was made to Daytona Beach her to give back for all the in trouble’
police. money he has spent on her.”
Boland had accused Carlos The girl said she jumped “He’s a predator and I just
Baez, a guest in Boland’s out of Boland’s vehicle and caught him,” Hailey Cole’s
home, of stealing a laptop ran home. Records show father, Jim Cole, told a 9-1-1
computer. No laptop was Boland was charged with dispatcher in the early hours
found among Baez’s belong- misdemeanor battery, but of Aug. 16, 2015.
ings, and the charge was he was never prosecuted. An “My daughter’s in trou-
dropped. But Baez had an official said deputies inves- ble,” Jim Cole continued,
accusation of his own. tigated but determined no minutes after an alterca-
Baez told police Boland crime had been committed. tion with Boland outside an
was a pedophile, accord- On May 3, 2014, Ormond Girls and their parents complained about Michael Boland to area Ormond Beach motel. “She
ing to Baez’s Dec. 29, 2012, Beach mother Latonia law enforcement for several years before investigations into reports ran to him, we confronted
arrest report. A Boland Mitchell told Volusia of sex with teens resulted in his arrest and conviction. him and he ran my wife over
neighbor, Wayne Thomp- County deputies she found [NEWS-JOURNAL/DAVID TUCKER] in his car.”
son, backed up Baez’s claim sexually explicit text mes- Jim Cole grew up in Day-
in a written statement to sages on her 15-year-old tona Beach and had been
police. daughter’s cellphone “IT’S NOT ABOUT THEM PERFORMING A SEXUAL ACT ON in an on-and-off relation-
“(Baez) said he got out between the girl and Boland. HIM, IT’S HIM PERFORMING A SEXUAL ACT ON THEM.” ship with Hailey’s mother,
(of Boland’s apartment) In a follow-up interview, Katie Marshall’s statement to investigators about Michael Boland Stephanie Looney, in the
because Mike was having Mitchell told deputies she late 1990s.
sex with little girls,” believed Boland paid for Their relationship ended
Thompson’s statement the phone and its service, not result in his arrest. No in “immediate danger,” an permanently while their
reads. and turned over the phone one at the department was Ormond Beach police report first daughter, Hailey, was
Baez, who now lives in for analysis. In addition, available for an interview, states. still in grade school. Jim
Boston, said in a phone Mitchell told deputies the she said, because “our cases Though Hannah was Cole moved out of state in
interview with The News- underage daughter of a are still showing as open.” transferred between facili- 2010 and lost contact with
Journal that he told Daytona neighbor had stated “that In 2015 it appeared that ties in Volusia, Flagler and his daughters.
Beach police Boland was a Boland has performed the FBI was closing in on Polk counties, she continued Hailey once visited her
drug dealer and a “prolific sexual acts upon (Mitchell’s Boland. According to an to get away from various father and his wife, Susie,
pedophile.” daughter’s) friends.” Ormond police report, FBI group foster homes to see in Indiana in late 2014. Jim
Wayne Thompson The status of Mitchell’s Special Agent Alyson Samu- Boland. Cole found out Hailey had
told The News-Journal report was labeled “Active/ els was investigating Boland When Hannah ran away violated her probation. He
Boland was a “pervert,” Other – Continued to Sex for “placing teenage girls from a Palm Coast foster turned her over to Indiana
and described a disturbing Crimes Unit.” But Volusia on the internet” and “using care facility on July 2, 2015, authorities on Christmas
incident that occurred while County Sheriff’s Office them to trade sexual favors a Flagler County Sheriff’s Day.
Boland was his neigh- spokesman Andrew Gant for profit.” Office detective contacted “I was just trying to get
bor. Boland once paid to said a forensic exam of the Agent Samuels declined the FBI’s Samuels. In a her on the right path again,”
borrow Thompson’s SUV phone revealed “nothing News-Journal interview report, the detective noted he said in a recent interview
and returned it strewn with criminal.” He said the sher- requests both in person and that Samuels had been with The News-Journal.
liquor bottles and girls’ iff’s office had “very little through a media spokes- “working a human traffick- “The last thing I saw from
swimsuits, Thompson said. involvement in this case” person about the FBI’s ing case on Michael Boland my daughter was her flip-
Nervous about how his and forwarded information investigation of Boland. for a long period of time.” ping me off in handcuffs.”
vehicle had been used, he gathered to Daytona Beach The Jacksonville FBI office The Flagler sheriff’s office Hailey also began going
said he cleaned it out and Police. offered an interview with lacked evidence to charge through drug withdrawal
sold it. Mitchell told The News- Samuels’ supervisor, but Boland with a crime, and during the visit. She told
The accusations against Journal that investigators later rescinded the offer. But passed the case to the FBI. Jim Cole about her relation-
Boland intensified in the who interviewed her were records make it clear that Boland remained free. ship with Boland and that
years that followed. aware of Boland. Boland was a target of the Reports show Hannah she had reported him to law
A 14-year-old girl “‘We know everything FBI. continued to run away from enforcement.
reported Boland to Daytona about him but we can’t get On March 25, 2015, foster care placements to be “It made me want to come
Beach police for child por- enough evidence to stick,’” Ormond Beach police and with him, and Boland would down here and take care of
nography on Oct. 20, 2013. Mitchell recalled investiga- the FBI surrounded Boland’s pick her up when she ran it,” Jim Cole said. “I was an
A month later, two tors telling her. Grove Street home and away. angry, angry man.”
Seabreeze High School stu- When the Volusia County made contact with a teen- Charles H. Rose III, pro- Hailey was admitted to
dents told a Volusia deputy Sheriff’s Office received ager The News-Journal is fessor of excellence in trial a Department of Juvenile
and Daytona Beach police reports about Boland, that identifying as Hannah. Then advocacy at Stetson Uni- Justice drug rehabilita-
names of nine girls ages information was funneled 16, Hannah emerged from versity College of Law, said tion facility in the Florida
12-17 they believed Boland to several local law enforce- Boland’s home with two although Boland was on law Panhandle. There, Hailey
sexually exploited, accord- ment agencies, Gant wrote other teenage girls. enforcement’s radar, such disclosed details of her
ing to a police report. The in an email, and “the FBI Hannah lived with Boland, cases sometimes take years sexual relationship with
alleged victims refused to did take a lead role in the but at the time denied they before the right evidence Boland to the FBI in 2015,
cooperate and told a Day- investigation that developed had a sexual relationship, falls into place. both Jim Cole and Stephanie
tona detective Boland was through the Human Traf- according to State Attor- Offenders like Boland Looney said.
“just a friend,” the report ficking Task Force.” ney’s Office prosecutor “prey on young women and Looney said an FBI agent
states. Sgt. Tim Ehrenkaufer Daytona Beach Police Erica Kane. Still, on March boys who don’t have a lot of told her Hailey had been
said a search warrant was spokeswoman Lyda Longa 27, 2015, DCF removed credibility in the eyes of the “very forthcoming” during
executed at Boland’s home did not give a reason why Hannah from Boland’s system,” said Rose, who has
in response to the allegation investigations of Boland did residence because she was no connection to Boland’s See EXPLOITED, A11

Mike and Stephanie Looney go through photos of Stephanie’s daughter, Hailey, at their Ormond Beach home. Stephanie knew when a police chaplain showed up at her door in
2016 that Hailey had died. [NEWS-JOURNAL/LOLA GOMEZ]
The Daytona Beach News-Journal | Sunday, December 17, 2017 A11

CHILDHOOD BETRAYED

EXPLOITED
From Page A10

the interview. But Hailey


was growing weary of talk-
ing about her trauma.
Looney said Hailey called
her after the FBI interview.
“Please don’t make me do
(these interviews) any-
more,” Hailey pleaded.
Jim and Susie Cole moved
to Volusia County from
Indiana to offer support
before Hailey’s July 2015
release from drug rehab.
Hailey appeared to flour-
ish for about a month,
Jim Cole told The News-
Journal. Then she broke her
curfew and disappeared for
three days.
Jim Cole suspected Hailey
was back on drugs. Her
friends said she might be at a
low-end motel with Boland.
The Coles scoured motels
on State Road A1A and U.S.
1 until they found Boland’s
car outside Ormond Beach’s
Scottish Inn in the early
morning hours of Aug. 16,
2015. Motel guests directed Mike Looney points to Hailey Cole as a little girl in a photo taken during a family outing. [NEWS-JOURNAL / LOLA GOMEZ]
them to Boland’s door.
Hailey wasn’t in Boland’s
room, but two 17-year-olds contact with Susie Cole, the said in a recent interview At 6 a.m. that morning, chaplain. “We just couldn’t
were — Marshall, who had two underage passengers in at the couple’s home. He Amelia — who stayed at do it. It was the worst night
met Boland as a young girl, his vehicle or anyone in their stops, his voice shackled by Boland’s house that night of my life,” she told The
and Hannah. respective families. And he emotion. — peered into Boland’s News-Journal a year later.
Boland had picked them was to have no contact with “He’s holding that,” bedroom before she left for “It still feels like yesterday.”
up near a Polk County foster any minors. Stephanie Looney fills in. work. She saw Boland and Hailey’s purse and per-
care facility. He drove them Stephanie Looney, wor- Sympathy and resentment Hailey in bed and apparently sonal items — minus her
to his home and then shifted ried by news Boland had battle behind her eyes. asleep, she told police. cellphone, which was never
them between Volusia posted bail, sent Hailey a “Sometimes I blame him. Nearly 14 hours later — at found — were deposited at
County motels for a week, Facebook message on Sept. Sometimes I don’t.” 7:48 p.m. — Boland dialed the South Daytona police
according to investigative 4, 2015, filled with texting A court order wasn’t 9-1-1: “I have a dead young station, but her mother
reports. shorthand: “Boland’s out of enough to keep Boland away lady in my bed,” he said to couldn’t gather the nerve
Jim Cole, an impos- jail, be careful. Listen to me from Hailey. She called the dispatcher. “I just know to retrieve them. “I can’t
ing figure at 6-foot-7, for once. him from an area hospital she’s dead because she’s accept that she’s gone,” she
demanded to see his daugh- “Do not contact him. He is on June 7, 2016 after being cold and stiff.” said.
ter — who actually wasn’t still under FBI watch and will knocked from her bike by a Authorities found Hailey A ring of stones marks
at the motel. Boland later end up doing life in jail. You passing car. half clothed in the middle of Hailey’s small, flower-filled
testified at his trial that he are a key witness so lay low Boland stowed Hailey’s the bed. “She’s been in that plot at Hillside Cemetery on
feared for his life. and trust no one in his circle.” bike in the trunk of his car, same spot all day. We just the east bank of the Halifax
“I am terrifying,” Jim Cole took a selfie with her in the thought she was sleeping,” River. Two lengths of PVC
told The News-Journal. “If ‘If I would have front seat and drove her to Boland said. pipe rise from among the
you just had sex with my spoke up’ his South Daytona apart- An autopsy report states flowers. On one is a green
daughter for the last four ment. Boland violated the the cause of death was a umbrella bearing a cartoon
years and now you just got Mike and Stephanie terms of his release simply drug overdose. frog’s face. Atop the other
confronted by the guy that’s Looney again committed by picking up Hailey from After 9 p.m. three Volu- is a photo of Hailey with the
her dad, I’d be a little horri- Hailey involuntarily to a the hospital. sia County deputies rang inscription “free spirit.”
fied too.” substance abuse treatment Amelia, an 18-year-old the Looneys’ doorbell. All Hailey’s body isn’t there
Boland rushed Marshall program in spring 2016. woman who told detectives the children were away and — Stephanie Looney had
and Hannah to his car, but With their permission, she she was one of 30 girls who Mike and Stephanie Looney her cremated — and her
Susie Cole stood guard in was eligible for release in had been sexually exploited were enjoying a rare night family is still saving up for a
front, blocking his escape. early June of that year. by Boland while underage, alone. headstone.
Boland lurched forward Stephanie Looney strug- recounted Hailey’s final They asked Mike Looney
anyway, clipping Susie Cole gles with extreme social hours for South Daytona to step outside, but sent An invisible court order
with his car, and sped away, anxiety and rarely ventures police. The News-Journal Stephanie Looney back in.
an arrest report states. Jim from home. So on the day is using an alias because “My legs turned to rubber South Daytona police
Cole gave chase, narrat- in early June 2016 when Amelia is a sex crime victim. and I went down on the questioned Boland and
ing his pursuit to a 9-1-1 a judge was to determine Boland knew Hailey had floor,” Stephanie Looney his associates but deter-
dispatcher until Boland ran whether Hailey’s latest stint recently finished substance said. Sensing tragedy, she mined they had insufficient
a stop sign and crashed in a at rehabilitation was com- abuse treatment, Amelia mustered the strength to evidence to charge him
shower of sparks in Flagler plete, Mike Looney went said. Yet he tempted Hailey join her husband. That’s with Hailey’s death, Lt.
County. to S. James Foxman Justice with prescription pills, rat- when she noticed a man Mark Cheatham told The
Deputies were on the Center in Daytona Beach. tling the bottle in front of in plain clothes wearing a News-Journal.
scene in moments. They As Mike Looney entered her face when she resisted. chaplain’s badge. On April 6, 2017, the case
discovered Boland’s pas- the courthouse, Hailey ran Hailey also had been drink- “Is it one of my kids?” she was officially closed. “All
sengers had been reported down the stairs from the ing, Amelia said, and that asked a female deputy. leads and available infor-
missing and arrested him for second floor and launched weakened her resolve. “Yes ma’am, it is,” the mation in this case have
aggravated battery against herself into his arms. Boland shot a liquefied deputy replied. been exhausted and it is
Susie Cole. “Please tell the judge I’m combination of Roxicodone, “Call the ambulance, unwarranted to continue
When questioned, ready to come home,” Mike Xanax and Dilaudid into paramedics, everything this investigation,” a report
Marshall “disclosed that Looney recalls Hailey beg- Hailey’s veins about three before you tell me which states.
(Boland) had ‘sold’ (Hannah) ging. “I don’t want to go times during the evening, one, because I’m gonna “We would have to been
to multiple partners for back to rehab.” Amelia told police in a vid- die,” Stephanie Looney able to prove she died from
drugs while at an unknown When the judge asked eotaped statement. Then, said. When she regained her a specific drug that he
party” and that she had for his input, the stepfa- Hailey took the needle and composure, they delivered gave her and have a wit-
observed Boland and ther consented to Hailey’s continued. Sometime after the news that Hailey was ness,” said Cheatham.
Hannah having sex, accord- release. midnight on June 8, 2016, dead. Stephanie Looney Because Hailey had several
ing to Ormond Beach police “I feel like if I would have Hailey and Boland went to dialed her family members substances in her system,
reports. The case was turned spoke up ...,” Mike Looney bed together. and passed her phone to the “there’s no way to prove
over to the FBI’s Samuels. which drug actually killed
The next day a Flagler her.”
County judge approved OFFENDERS LIKE MICHAEL BOLAND “PREY ON YOUNG WOMEN AND BOYS WHO DON’T South Daytona Chief Ron
Boland’s release on a HAVE A LOT OF CREDIBILITY IN THE EYES OF THE SYSTEM.” Wright said that on the day
$10,000 bail with two con-
ditions: He was to have no Stetson University College of Law Professor Charles H. Rose III See EXPLOITED, A12

Circuit Judge Leah Case talks to potential jurors October 9, 2017, during jury selection Hailey Cole’s father, Jim Cole, testifies at Michael Boland’s trial in October. He and
at the Justice Center in Daytona Beach. his wife confronted Boland at an Ormond Beach motel in search of Hailey in 2015 and
[NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTOS/DAVID TUCKER] found other teenage runaways.
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state and federal funds. Also
on the list is using beach-
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EXPLOITED action plan, he said.


Beach and the county within
thecoreareaforapublic-pri-
vate project that can serve as
From Page A11 Somecommitteemembers a catalyst for growth.
have suggested that to keep The subcommittee mem-
efforts strong and on track, bers’ list also highlighted
Hailey died his department there needs to be a single what they don’t want.
“didn’t have an inclination point of contact among the “No more studies,” they
of any suspicious activity citiesandcountythatensures said in their report. “The
going on.” A month later, a coordinated effort. beachside area has been
he said, State Attorney’s studied enough, and there
Office and FBI investigators Creating a game plan are viable plans already
met with him about the case approved. Work on imple-
they were building against TheBeachsideRedevelop- mentingthoseadoptedplans
Boland. mentCommitteewasformed beforethereisadditionalcost
“If (Boland) was seen with afterTheNews-Journalpub- and delay for a new study.”
young girls, they wanted lished a five-story series in The rest of the 10-point
us to (let them know),” April about the issues plagu- list includes pushing for the
Cheatham said. ing Daytona’s beachside and EastInternationalSpeedway
Boland was prohibited by how tax dollars have been Boulevard overhaul, using
court order from contact spent in the area between government-owned land
with Hailey and two others east International Speedway around the Ocean Center
present in his home near the Boulevard and Oakridge for redevelopment, making
time of her death — Han- Boulevard since it became a code enforcement proac-
nah’s mother and brother. A friend of Hailey Cole said she was treated differently by Michael community redevelopment tive rather than reactive
Violation of such orders is Boland, that she was “special.” Records show Hailey reported to area 35 years ago. and changing code rules so
not a crime in itself, but is police that Michael Boland was having sex with underage girls. Many millions of dollars improvements happen more
grounds for revocation of [FROM HAILEY COLE’S FACEBOOK PAGE] and a few master plans later, quickly,publicizinggrantand
bond. deep problems stubbornly redevelopment programs,
South Daytona officers persist. There’s a decrepit involving neighborhood
entered Boland’s residence a 14-year-old from a Winter nice,” she wrote. “Of housing stock. A bumper groups and providing incen-
again on July 17, 2016. Haven foster care facility. course, I was strung out crop of low-end shops and tives for developers such
Boland was arrested for The girls were nervous on (Roxicodone) and dope restaurants. An indelible as reduced impact fees,
violating an injunction for about admitting that they though.” reputation as party central. expedited review and tax
protection of Hannah, but initially gave false state- Still, she thought Boland A mountain of code viola- abatement.
he was released when the ments to law enforcement was a good person. tions.Aplethoraoflow-wage
injunction was dropped. regarding their relationship “I loved and trusted hotel,restaurantandbarjobs. ‘Brick by brick’
However, Boland still was with Boland, and that they Mike,” she said. “He did a TheBeachsideRedevelop-
in violation of the court had been abusing drugs and lot for all us girls, and only ment Committee hopes its Committee member
order. Hannah, her mother, alcohol. wanted one thing in return suggestions will spur a turn- Dave LaMotte, a longtime
brother and a 3-year-old Kane assured them she from us. I knew he would ing point. The group, which local resident who has been
relative plus two under- was “not trying to prove get mean when he didn’t get includes top local business involved with other govern-
age girls were present with that they’re liars to charge what he wanted — us — but executives and elected offi- mentprojectsandissues,said
Boland when the police them for those things,” she I never thought it would cials, began meeting in June. “the biggest thing is picking
arrived that day. said. “The person we are have got as far as it did with Clay Ervin, the county’s onethinganddoingitright.”
And there’s this: Amelia — after is the person who did Hailey.” director of Growth and “Weneedtore-dothecore
the woman who recounted bad things to them.” Another woman, Hailey’s Resource Management, has area of Daytona Beach and
Hailey’s final hours to police Hannah disclosed that longtime friend Lydia, said coordinated meetings and let it spread,” said LaMotte,
— also told them that the Boland had initiated a sexual she asked to be identified gatheredinformationbehind manager of the Salty Dog
day after Hailey’s death, relationship with her at age by her real first name as a the scenes. Now Ervin is Surf Shop in Ormond Beach.
she had seen a text mes- 15 and demanded sex from message to Boland “that I’m guiding committee mem- “If you piecemeal, it won’t
sage from Boland that read: her “hundreds of times” in speaking out just like Hailey bers through the process of work. We need to pick one
“Hailey died in my arms this exchange for money, illegal did. I want, like, the other creatingtheirfinalreportand areaandmakeitthebestpos-
morning.” contraband, room and girls that were involved to recommendations that will sibleplaceandcleanupMain
If so, why did Boland board, food and electron- know that they shouldn’t be be presented to the County Street. That’s where it’s got
wait until the evening of ics, an investigative report afraid to, like, speak up and Councilearlynextyear.Ifthe tostartandletitspreadsouth
June 8, 2016, to call 9-1-1 states. tell what happened and all.” Council likes the ideas, their and get that whole area up
to report Hailey’s death? This past October, Boland But Lydia now has a acceptance won’t amount to and running.”
It’s a question that remains was brought to trial. On 2-year-old daughter. amandateforcitiestofollow Committee Chairman
unanswered. Oct. 13, he was convicted of Boland still scares her. them, Ervin said. Tony Grippa sees big oppor-
On July 25, 2016, South unlawful sex with a minor, Katie Marshall also told “The document can’t tunity with the large parking
Daytona officers again were contributing to the delin- investigators of a conversa- be the county telling cities lotsbehindtheOceanCenter
called to Boland’s home in quency of a minor and three tion Boland had with her how to redevelop,” he said. andPeabodyAuditorium.He
search of a burglary sus- counts of depriving custody. after Hailey died. “These are just attempts to thinks the two government-
pect. Hannah, her mother The unlawful sex involved Boland, she said, asked if provide holistic recommen- owned lots are prime spots
and a 15-year-old all were Hannah. she was being a “good girl,” dations. It’s not to point out for new multi-family hous-
recorded in the home by The aggravated battery and said Hailey had been how a city failed. It’s for how ing, businesses and parking
a police body camera and charge against Boland for a “bad girl.” Marshall said we can work together.” garages with commercial
noted in an incident report. hitting Susie Cole with his Boland then told her he had He noted that commit- uses on the ground floor.
Again, that would have car was dismissed, and a given Hailey a “hot shot.” tee members can formally “Every planner I’ve met
violated the court order jury found Boland not guilty When an investigator asked presentthefinalrecommen- has said it’s wasted space,”
he agreed to when he was of leaving the scene of an what that meant to her, dations to elected officials in Grippa said. “It should be
allowed to bond out of jail accident with injury. Marshall replied, “A hotshot Daytona Beach, Ormond put back on the tax rolls, and
nearly a year earlier. The week after he was is either a bad bag of drugs Beach and Daytona Beach we desperately need fami-
But Chief Wright said found guilty, Circuit Judge — I don’t know which drugs Shoresattheirmeetingsnext lies living on the beachside,
Orders of No Contact are Leah Case sentenced Boland it would be — or too much, year. restaurants and stores. ...
not visible in the system his to 30 consecutive years like over the amount.” In October, Ervin and his It’s easiest to start with what
officers use to check a sus- in prison. She said Boland Marshall also told staff came up with an exam- you own.”
pect’s criminal history. “used his position in soci- investigators that Boland ple of a letter the committee Ultimately it’s a lot of little
“If it’s not in the com- ety to manipulate the most “physically threatened my could send to the County things that will turn around
puter, how can we know vulnerable people because of life,” and told her no one Council.Thetwo-pageletter the beachside, he said.
about it?” Wright said. their economic or addiction would ever find her body. lists seven recommenda- “It’s the broken window
issues. It was a calculated Boland won’t be eligible tions that include making theory,” Grippa said,
‘We took the bull decision on his part and he for parole until December the beach a year-round des- referring to a theory that
by the horns’ did it over and over again.” 2042, at age 94. tination for all visitors, using dilapidation begets more
On Nov. 7, Boland pleaded Jim Cole, Hailey’s father, prior redevelopment efforts dilapidation, crime and inci-
State Attorney R.J. Larizza no contest to an addi- has set his sights on the to determine the feasibility vility.“It’snoteasy.It’sbrick
said Boland first came on tional count of unlawful future. If Boland steps of new ideas to attract rede- by brick.”
prosecutors’ radar when he sex with Hannah and two outside the prison gates, he velopment, and improving The October draft letter
was arrested for aggravated more counts of depriving said, “I’ll still be waiting for the coordination among the thecountypennedalsonotes
battery against Susie Cole in custody. He was sentenced him.” citiesandcountytomaximize that the “critical issue to all
August 2015. to 10 years in prison, to be Stephanie Looney, revenue opportunities. of the (committee) mem-
As investigators compiled served concurrently with his Hailey’s mother, imagines Also on the tentative list bers is implementation and
evidence for that case, they 30-year sentence. how her life — and Hailey’s is improving the perception follow-up.”
realized there was “more to Spokeswoman Shannon — might have gone if she of the region; communicat- “We believe that the
it than some guy leaving the Peters said the State Attor- took matters into her own ing that there are a variety momentum is building and
scene and maybe striking ney’s Office also investigated hands rather than relying of recreational, cultural and success can be attained,”
somebody with a car,” Lar- accusations against Boland on law enforcement. If she entertainment opportuni- the draft letter states. “The
izza said. “That’s when the beyond the crimes for which had confronted Boland with ties in the area; protecting (committee) may have com-
red flags started going up.” he was found guilty. No a gun instead of words and and enhancing existing resi- pleted the task assigned to
The case was handed over additional charges were filed killed him. dential neighborhoods; it by the County Coun-
to experienced prosecu- because the alleged victims “I didn’t think I had to go updating critical infra- cil, but the members will
tor Erica Kane in the Sex contacted by her office either down that road, but now I structure to spur targeted continue to work with all
Crimes/Career Criminal declined to disclose details wish I would have,” Stepha- redevelopment; and cre- the private interests and
Unit. of those accusations or chose nie Looney said. “He’d be ating a link between the the local governments to
“When we got this case not to participate in the court gone, (Hailey) would be here mainland and beachside to ensure that all of the plans
we took the bull by the horns process, Peters said. and I’d be in jail. But the attract new residents and and the recommenda-
and thoroughly scrutinized right people would be alive.” businesses. tions are implemented and
this guy,” said Larizza. “I ‘It’s all I have’ The day after Boland was At their meeting Monday successful.”
can’t speak to what hap- sentenced, Mike Looney night, committee members After the temporary
pened before it got on our The State Attorney’s finally picked up Hailey’s will try to merge some of Beachside Redevelopment
radar screen.” Office is bound by law effects from the South Day- those seven priorities with Committee disbands early
Boland was arrested in to protect the identity of tona Police Department. a list of 10 goals developed a next year, Grippa suggests
August 2016 for violation of potential victims of sex “I cherish everything few weeks ago by a subcom- a new committee be formed
his pretrial release, harbor- crimes. But two now-19- of hers now,” Stepha- mittee of the larger group. to ensure efforts don’t lan-
ing a group home runaway year-old women told The nie Looney said. “It’s all I Those 10 goals include a guish. His idea is to have
and child abuse. Kane filed a News-Journal they were have — memories, photos, statement that the “initial elected officials from the
successful motion to revoke contacted by the office’s clothes and some ashes.” focus has to be on Daytona county and a few coastal
Boland’s bond. investigators. Both said they Beach.” cities sit on the committee
Soon, Kane said, girls wanted to come forward in “Daytona Beach is the and meet monthly.
who previously had denied the wake of Hailey’s death, Series schedule core of the beachside, and “That area is so impor-
involvement with Boland but then changed their its health impacts the other tant,” Grippa said. “That’s
began to open up. minds. Today: Exploited to Death governments,” the docu- the area people think of
The girls’ firsthand One of those women Monday: Michael Boland’s ment states. when they think of Day-
accounts of their interac- summarized her relation- Criminal Trail Also included in the 10 tona Beach, and the image
tions with Boland provided ship with Boland in a series Tuesday: ‘Cheated’ Out of priorities is mention of we portray is crucial.”
the crucial evidence needed of Facebook messages with Justice cracking down on home- Cruise echoed the need
to charge Boland with The News-Journal. Wednesday: Group Home stead exemption fraud, and to have oversight on the
several counts of sex with “He gave me food, rented Runaways all local governments work- beachside efforts, and the
Hannah and for taking me a room, got me a phone, Thursday: A Search for ing together to focus on the importance of chasing after
Hannah, Katie Marshall and nails were done, hair was Solutions same priorities and present a something better.