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UPDATE: Pender Co. father, daughter arrested for incest

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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) -- US Marshalls arrested a Pender County father and his daughter this morning in Hampstead on incest charges, according to the Pender County Sheriff's Office.

Robert Lee Earley Jr. is charged with incest, statutory rape and child abuse. He's in jail on a $650,000 bond.

Natalie Sheree Earley is also charged with incest. She was released on a $10,000 bond.

Back in May, Natalie left several voicemails on our general manager's phone.

"My name is Natalie Earley, and I'm calling to tell you there is two sides to every story, and me and my dad would like to set up a private interview before we turn ourselves in," Natalie Earley said in a voicemail.

In another call, Robert said, "Hey, this is Bobby Earley, the one that is on the run, the one that has become a fugitive overnight."

We tried to call them back at the time but they didn't return several calls.

In their voicemails, both Earleys claim there is a lot more to the story. Robert Earley says all of the allegations against him and his daughter stem from a custody battle with his estranged wife.

"I told this to Sgt. (John) Leatherwood when he interviewed me, and then he threatened to press charges against me for child abuse and child neglect, so I left," Robert Earley said.

Natalie Earley says her father is not the man deputies say he is.

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Im so glad they caught this

Im so glad they caught this freak. Can you believe they used the US marshalls. What an embaressment for his family. I just hope and pray all his other crimes come to light and poor natalie gets help the help she needs and deserves.

Way Too Vague

Consensual sex between adults is a very different thing than rape/molestation of a child. Both can be called "incest." The authorities need to be more clear what they are talking about, and journalists need to ask. I have seen plenty of news outlets that make the distinction without ever revealing the identities of victims.

This man also had charges of

This man also had charges of manufacturing, possessing, and distributing a second degree controlled substance. As well as child abuse and statutory rape. He is not a good human being and deserves to be in jail for the longest amount of time possible.