Hotel Worker Charged with Child Rape

NEW BERN - A Craven County man who was an employee of a local hotel at the time of his arrest is charged with first degree rape of a child.

Jimmie Eric Malone Jr., 38, allegedly committed the crime over a six-year period ending in June, according to Craven County deputies.

At the time of his arrest in late July, Malone Jr. worked at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in New Bern.

"It sickens me just to hear [that]," a hotel guest said.

The alleged incident did not happen at the hotel.

Management at the hotel declined to comment and would not say whether or not Malone Jr. still is employed at the location.

The suspect remains behind bars and  is also charged with bigamy, marrying someone while already married to someone else.

Malone Jr. is due back in court next week.

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