Convicted sex offender babysitter charged in Gastonia, NC

A registered sex offender has been charged with babysitting minors at his Gastonia home. Eric Spurling, age 37 of 425 DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY GASTONIA, NC 28052 in GASTON County (formerly 2744 Springbrook Circle Gastonia) has been arrested, in custody under a $1M (million) dollar bond and possibly to face more charges.

He was originally convicted in Washington state of molesting a 13-year-old August 19, 2002, on a charge of second-degree child molestation and registered as a sex offender in both the state of Washington and in Montana.

In 2010 in Billings, Montana, Spurling was arrested on allegations he molested a 7-year-old girl in a backyard shed in Bremerton, where Spurling formerly lived according to the U.S. Marshals.

Spurling at age 29, was charged by Kitsap County prosecutors on a single count of first-degree child molestation in Kitsap County District Court and a warrant was written for his arrest. The crime allegedly occurred between Feb. 2009 and April 2010 per the Kitsap County prosecuting attorney’s report. Spurling was convicted Dec. 6, 2011 in Washington state for Assault of a child in the third degree. He was released Sept. 27, 2012.

The Gaston Gazzette reported in 2013, Spurling was arrested on a charge involving a robbery of a business: “Spurling, Eric Svenson 32, 2744 Springbrook Cir, Gastonia, NC 9/11/13 4:13 PM Robbery–Business N Myrtle School Rd & Morton Ave Martin, S. W. 57598 2013-00071378”

Just this year on August 2, 2018, Spurling was charged and arrested for six felony charges in Gaston County where he was on a $5,000 secured bond:


  • Violation Description: Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place Cont Subst
  • Violation Description: Marijuana, Manufacture
  • Violation Description: Marijuana,Sell/Deliver
  • Violation Description: Marijuana,Sell/Deliver
  • Violation Description: Sch VI, Possess W/Intent Manufacture/Sell/Deliver
  • Violation Description: Sch VI, Possess

Today in Gaston County he obtained two more felony charges for violation of SEX OFFENDER/CHILD PREMISES. Additonally, Spurling has five other upcoming court dates for early November, with the above-mentioned current charges as well as a number traffic violations:





As more details come available, an update will be made.

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