Authorities arrested a Pender County man and charged him with multiple sex crimes against a minor.
According to authorities, Ralph Thomas Smith, 42, of Willard allegedly had sexual relations with a female under 16 years of age.
Smith was charged with three counts of statutory rape, three counts of statutory sex offense, and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Smith is in the Pender County Jail under a $920,800 secured bond.
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