Deputies arrest sexual assault suspect

BEAUFORT COUNTY - Deputies have arrested a Beaufort County man accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Jesse James Blount Jr., 50, of Washington, has been charged first-degree statutory sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child, and other charges, investigators said.

Deputies said they were notified of the sexual assault on July 30. Blount was arrested in Martin County on Sept. 21. He was being held on a $200,000 secured bond.

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