Hurley appears in court

By DeeAnna Haney | Mar 07, 2014

A Maggie Valley businessman recently arrested for 44 felony child sex charges appeared in district court Wednesday.

Steve Hurley, 68, is accused of sexually assaulting two underage boys in his care and has been charged with statutory rape of a defendant under 16, indecent liberties with a child and crime against nature.

Judge Richard Walker took note that Hurley had waived his right to a court appointed counsel during his 96-hour hearing shortly after his arrest Feb. 14.

"This is a long list of very serious offenses," Walker said, pointing to the charges that could add up to life in prison.

He then asked if Hurley wanted to reconsider his decision. Hurley replied that he did wish to apply for court appointed counsel.

Walker appointed local attorney Pam Smith to represent Hurley. He is scheduled to appear in court again March 12 for a probable cause hearing. Hurley remains in custody at the Haywood County Detention Center under  $1 million secured bond.

Hurley is owner of Hurley's Creekside Dining and Rhum Bar and ran unsuccessfully for town alderman in November's election.