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Sheriff: Onslow County man sent photos of himself sexually abusing infant

Posted October 23, 2018 4:15 p.m. EDT

Ezekiel Coy Stone

— An Onslow County man was arrested Tuesday for sexually abusing an infant, according to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was contacted by Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) regarding their arrest of Joshua Smith on child pornography charges.

During their investigation of Smith’s case, NCIS investigators said that another man, Ezekiel Coy Stone, 37, was sending photos of himself sexually abusing an infant child to Smith using a cellphone app.

Authorities then searched Stone's home and took him into custody.

Stone is charged with felony first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, felony sex offense by an adult, felony child abuse and felony indecent liberties with a child.

Stone, of Richlands, was being held in the Onslow County Sheriff’s Detention Center under a $425,000 secured bond.