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David Scott Hartley
David Scott Hartley, a commander with American Legion Post 10, is facing obstruction of justice charges.

The employment status of a commander with American Legion Post 10 is unknown after his recent arrest.

David Scott Hartley, 59, of Wilmington, was arrested May 14 on charges of obtaining property by false pretenses and obstruction of justice, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

The N.C. Probation and Parole office alerted the sheriff’s office to “numerous” complaints about Hartley, Brewer said. Hartley supervises probationers who are assigned to perform community service hours at American Legion Post 10.

According to arrest warrants, Hartley is charged with attempting to obtain a relationship with an undercover detective by fraudulently reporting community service hours that were not worked in the program.

In a news release sent Monday, Brewer said Hartley is accused of propositioning probationers for sex in exchange for fewer community service hours, but court records do not indicate Hartley is charged with or accused of propositioning sex.

Hartley told Port City Daily on Tuesday that he could not comment about the allegations. Frank Stancil, department adjutant for The American Legion Department of North Carolina headquartered in Raleigh, told Port City Daily he could not offer any comment about Hartley’s position at the Post.

The investigation is ongoing, Brewer said.

Hartley was booked at the New Hanover County jail and later released under a $50,000 secured bond.

Christina Haley is a crime reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or