73-year-old Whiteville man charged with child sex crimes

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A man accused of going into businesses around Whiteville and acting suspiciously toward young girls is now charged with child sex crimes.

Ernest Paul Jones, 73, is charged with indecent liberties with a child and sexual battery.

According to a news release from the Whiteville Police Department, detectives were made aware of Jones’s behavior when a resident notified them.

Chief Jeffrey Rosier requested the NC State Bureau of Investigations conduct a joint investigation. That led to the arrest of Jones, who was taken into custody at his home on Paul Jones Drive Thursday morning.

His bond is now set at $1.5 million.

If you have any additional information about Jones or his activities, contact Det. Amy Corder at (910) 642-5111.

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