Richlands NC man arrested for sexual abuse of an infant child.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Services
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 989-4055 or (910) 989-4070

RELEASE DATE: 10/23/2018


A Richlands man has been arrested for sexually abusing an infant child.

On October 22, 2018, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was contacted by Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) regarding their arrest of Joshua Smith on child pornography charges. NCIS advised that information was received during their investigation of Smith’s case that Ezekiel Coy Stone was sending photos of himself sexually abusing an infant child to Joshua Smith using a cellphone app.

On October 23, 2018, detectives from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit and NCIS agents conducted a search of Stone’s residence and took Stone into custody. Stone was charged with:

Felony First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Felony Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Felony Sex Offense by an Adult
Felony Child Abuse – Sexual Act
Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child

Stone, 37-years-old of Ashbury Park Lane, Richlands, in currently in custody at the Onslow County Sheriff’s Detention Center where he is being held under a $425,000 secured bond. He has his first court appearance October 23, 2018.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Kensington at 910-989-4029, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018017388 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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