Man arrested again with child crimes the second time this year


For the second time in less than 6 months, a Hubert man has been arrested for indecent liberties on a child.

Edward Joseph Hornbeck Jr. was arrested by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit August 21, 2018 for exposing himself and having inappropriate interaction with a juvenile under the age of 12. Since that time, Swansboro Police Department detectives contacted the Special Victims Unit stating that another incident involving Hornbeck had come forward that occurred in Onslow County. Special Victims Unit detectives investigated that incident and additional charges were obtained.

The investigation revealed that Hornbeck exposed himself and had inappropriate contact with a child, this time under the age of 5. Hornbeck, 69-years-old of Villa Park Drive in Hubert was arrested December 10, 2018 and charged with:

  • Felony Indecent Exposure
  • Misdemeanor Indecent Exposure
  • Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child

Hornbeck was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for December 11, 2018.

Anyone with information about these incidences may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Albano at 910-989-4073,, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018014788 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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