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Jacksonville man faces more child sex charges in Craven County

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - A Jacksonville man who has previously been arrested after authorities said he solicited sexual acts from child in Vanceboro, now faces a number of new charges.

On Tuesday, Morgan J. Shepard, 30, of Jacksonville, was charged with felony attempted statutory rape, felony attempted indecent liberties with a minor, felony attempted first degree kidnapping, and felony solicitation of a child under 16 by computer for the purpose to commit a sex act.

He was placed on a $6 million secured bond for the Craven County charges.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Craven County Sheriff's Office said more charges are expected.

Shepard was originally charged with attempted statutory rape, attempted statutory sex offense, attempted first-degree kidnapping, attempted indecent liberties with a minor, solicitation of a minor under 16 by computer for the purpose to commit a sex act and appear and fleeing to elude arrest with motor vehicle.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office along with the School Resource Officers and Investigators said Shepard attempted to meet a minor in Vanceboro on April 27 after soliciting sexual acts through social media.

The officers said they attempted to arrest Shepard in a parking lot at the Bojangles located in Vanceboro.

Shepard fled from the place in his vehicle and damaged several Sheriff’s Officer’s vehicles during the incident, officers said.

Officers said Shepard was previously free on bond for similar charges from the Onslow County in 2017.

When Shepard was initially arrested, he was sent to the Craven County Jail on a $3 million bond. 

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