By Ryan Gaston
With a record going back over 15 years, spanning across 7 states, and with over two dozen arrests to his credit, Keith Hale is finally retiring from his career as a sexual predator.
Creeping in Michigan: Hale in 2008
In the past, Hale has been found guilty of a wide range of offenses, from Peeping Tom-ism to Indecent Exposure. He has also been terminated from at least four different jobs as a result of sexual harassment based charges.
While his statistics are impressive enough on their own, Hale adds, “I’ve done a lot of work off the record that I’m proud of as well.”
Hales’ long and illustrious career most notably began the semester following his high school graduation. Hale reportedly used the money he received for graduation to buy a used early 90s utility van with tinted windows only on the front doors, and began showing up randomly at various high school functions like fundraisers and sporting events. This eventually progressed into waiting in the parking lot at the end of the day when classes let out, and watching students walk to their cars.
“Yeah, I remember seeing him,” says Kelly Holland, a graduate the year following Hale. “He would just sit in the parking lot with his van idling every afternoon, and so I always thought he was just offering to give people a ride home…” Holland added, “I worked as an aide in the counselors’ office my senior year, and a few times I’d see girls come in a day or two after noticing them talking to him in the parking lot, but I didn’t think anything of it. Plus, we weren’t allowed to ask what they had come in for anyway.”
Eventually Hale was barred from coming to the high school, or any high school related function. “Yeah, I remember getting that first restraining order like it was yesterday,” Hale said nostalgically. “That’s the one that started it all.”
In the years that followed Hale found his popularity growing wildly as his face began showing up on numerous websites, and in databases all across the country. “You get to meet a lot of people, you know? I mean, every time I would move to a new neighborhood, I always went to introduce myself to all the new neighbors, just to say hello, and tell them a little about myself. It was fun, meeting new people and everything, but I found that people aren’t always as open and friendly as I am. That’s partly why I ended up having to move around so much.”
Community events such as this were a constant place find Hale lurking about.
When asked about what ultimately made him decide that it was time to retire, Hale just shrugged and smiled, not really giving a direct answer, but simply saying that the idea of retirement came from a long time acquaintance, Sheriff Louis Garrett.
“Sheriff [Garrett] had told me for quite some time that the end was near, and he was right. I just didn’t want to believe it,” Hale tells us over the phone while staring blankly through the thick plexiglass that separated the other side of the room. Hale then continued, as if reflecting on his past triumphs, “After a while, you just lose track of it all. But still, I think I’ve done pretty well for myself… I realize that there’s still plenty left that I could accomplish, but looking back, I know that I’ve done my best, and I’m content with that.”
The interview was then cut short as Hale was escorted from the phone room, and reportedly back to solitary confinement.