Monday, September 26, 2022

Pender Sheriff’s Office charges Wilmington man with soliciting a child

Jesse Hunter Dudley III

WILMINGTON — A 21-year-old Wilmington man was charged with a felony sex offense in Pender County on Tuesday.

Jesse Dudley Hunter III, was charged with one count of soliciting a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act and appear.

Pender County Sheriff’s Office says Hunter was caught in a sting, and allegedly messaged a 14-year-old while arranging to meet an undercover agent “for the purposes of committing sexual acts.”

Hunter was held on a $2,500 secured bond and his first court appearance was Wednesday.

PCSO credits its special victims unit, the narcotics unit and detectives from the Burgaw Police Department for the arrest.

The sheriff’s office requests the public’s assistance by asking anyone with relative information regarding Hunter contact Detective-Sergeant Steve Clinard at 910-259-1437 or

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