Over-exposed sex offender busted again

MOREHEAD CITY - Deputies in Carteret County arrested a registered sex offender outside his Morehead City home on Sunday. Deputies said what he did this weekend, he's done before.

Robert Hughes Springle, 59, of 182 Dorcus Dr., has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure after two women said they saw him standing in his yard wearing an opened robe while masturbating in front of them.

Springle was previously arrested in November of 2011 for doing the same thing in front of two other women and a child in his old neighborhood. He has a scheduled court date for that arrest coming up in October.

The North Carolina arrests come after Springle was originally convicted of engaging in a lewd and lascivious act in front of a child in 1988 and again in 2004 in Florida.

He was transferred to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry in 2007 for the Florida convictions. Springle must remain on the registry for life.

Springle's bond in the Carteret County Jail is $15,000 and his court date is set for Dec. 12 for this offense.

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