Jacksonville man charged with taking indecent liberties with teen girl

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A 51-year-old Jacksonville man who was arrested Monday night on multiple indecent liberties and statutory sex charges involving a 14-year-old girl is now facing additional charges regarding the same victim, including second-degree forcible sex offense, Jacksonville police said.

Ronald Zey was arrested after her mother discovered inappropriate text messages between her daughter and the suspect on Sunday, Jacksonville police said.

Zey faces multiple charges including statutory sex offense, crimes against nature, indecent liberties with child and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. On Wednesday, he was also charged with one count of second-degree forcible sex offense and additional charges of crimes against nature and indecent liberties with a child.

Jacksonville police said they were alerted on Sunday after the mother discovered the inappropriate text messages.

Officers said a search warrant was obtained for Zey’s residence and detached garage where clothing belonging to the girl was found.

Zay was being held on a $50,000 bond. He has been given an additional $400,000 bond due to the new charges.

The investigation is open and ongoing.

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