Registered sex offender arrested after incident at New Bern school | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — New Bern police have arrested and charged a registered sex offender after an incident at J.T. Barber Elementary School on Tuesday.

Officers responded to the school, located at 1700 Cobb Street at 7:46 a.m. regarding an indecent exposure incident involving an adult male and a female juvenile. A school resource officer reported the incident.

Officers arrived and remained in the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. Investigators identified the suspect as Taveon D. Hardesty, Jr, 30, of New Bern, a known sex offender. Hardesty was located, charged and arrested for the following:

· NCGS 14-190.1 Felony Disseminate Obscenity (2 counts)

· NCGS 14-208.18(A) Felony Sex Offender/Child Unlawfully on Premises (1 count)

Hardesty is in custody under no bond with a first appearance scheduled for Friday. If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, contact the New Bern Police Department Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU) and request to speak to the CIU supervisor at (252) 672-4253.

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