Sex crimes suspect picked up in Martin County

Published 7:21pm Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Washington man wanted for sex crimes charges has been arrested.

Jesse James Blount Jr., 50, of East Seventh Street in Washington, was arrested in a neighboring county Saturday. Blount is accused of first-degree statutory rape, indecent liberties with a child and sexual activity by a substitute parent — charges stemming from a July 30 report to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office of a sexual assault that occurred at residence on Harding Village Road in Washington.

“Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrested him at 8:30 this morning after receiving a tip he was in their jurisdiction,” said Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Watson said Blount had been interviewed during the case’s investigation, but since investigators had obtained the warrant for his arrest, they had been unable to locate him.

Friday, the sheriff’s office sent out a notice to media of the charges against Blount, indicating he was still at large. The release requested anyone with information about Blount contact Beaufort County Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers gives residents a way to anonymously help law enforcement solve crimes and make arrests with tips relayed through phone, text or the Crime Stoppers website.

According to Watson, it works — about half the time.

“About 50 percent of the time the information we receive leads to the arrest,” Watson explained. “When it doesn’t, it’s not so much that information was incorrect at the time, it’s just the person may have moved before the information gets to us and we’re able to act on it.”


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