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Daniel Luna
Daniel Luna

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a registered sex offender who was recently released from prison.

Daniel Luna, 56, was arrested at 1304 S. Seventh St. at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. He was charged with 15 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office conducted a routine sex offender check on Luna when they found several “lewd” pictures of minors, Brewer said. Additional charges against Luna may be pending.

Luna was convicted of violating his sex offender registry in August 2012 and third-degree exploitation of a minor in June 2014 in Mecklenburg County, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections. He was released from prison on April 16.

Luna was required to register as a sex offender after he was convicted of a child sex offense charge in Hillsborough County, Florida, on May 25, 2006, according to the Florida registry. The offense occurred in April 1988 with a 12-year-old victim.

According to the N.C. Sex Offender Registry, Luna is a recidivist. He is required to be on the registry for the rest of his life.

He is being held at the New Hanover County jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or