Police arrest man on child sex charges

WASHINGTON, BEAUFORT COUNTY - Police arrested a Beaufort County man for allegedly committing sex crimes against a child.

According to Washington Police, 66-year-old Oswald Birt, Jr., of 16th Street, was taken into custody Thursday on charges of statutory rape, indecent liberties with a child, and second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Investigators said the crimes happened in 2006 and 2007.

Immediately after his arrest, Birt was taken before a judge for a first court appearance, police said. The suspect was later released on a $25,000 bond. 

Police said because more charges are possible in other jurisdictions, no other details can be released at this time.

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