PENDER COUNTY — A former Currie resident who has been serving an active prison sentence in Virginia for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon has been returned to Pender County to face charges relating to indecent liberties with a child.
According to a press release, James Allen Bunch, 63, “who is serving an active prison sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the Virginia Department of Corrections was returned to North Carolina so that Pender County warrants could be served charging him with two felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child, two misdemeanor counts of Sexual Battery and one felony count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.”
The charges stem from an investigation after a 13-year-old girl accused Bunch of sexual assault from 2016 to 2017.
According to Virginia state records, Bunch is a convicted sex offender. He was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in 1993; the victim’s age is listed as unknown.
“Bunch is currently being housed in the Pender County Jail with no bond allowed. The sheriff’s office asks for information pertinent to Bunch or this investigation to contact Detective-Sergeant Steve Clinard at 910-259-1437,” according to the release.