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Jacksonville man facing additional sex-related charges

Ronald Alan Zey (Jacksonville Police Department photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A Jacksonville man arrested on March 6 for several sex-related charges against a 14-year-old girl has had additional charges added.

In a press release, Jacksonville Police said Ronald Alan Zey, 51, was arrested on March 6 and charged with four counts of statutory sex offenses, four crimes against nature, two indecent liberties with a child and two contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. After further investigation, additional warrants were obtained for incidents involving the same girl. Zey had additional charges of second degree forcible sex offense, a count of crimes against nature and three more counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Zey was in jail under a $500,000 secured bond but has since been given an additional $400,000 secured bond.

Police said Zey is a mechanic at Bowlarena Lanes in Jacksonville.

The juvenile victim was interviewed along with her mother, who discovered inappropriate text messages between her daughter and the suspect. A search warrant was later obtained of Zey's home and items of clothing belonging to the victim were recovered.

Neighbors, just learning of the arrest, are shocked by it.

"I don't know if I could say that I was shocked, because at the age he is, he should've known better," Martha Warren said.

Juvenile investigators are also assisting in the case. This remains on open and active investigation.

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