Arnold Joe Eberhart
Sheriff: Sex offender charged with soliciting 12-year-old girl by computer
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A registered sex offender was charged with soliciting a child to participate in a sexual act following an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
A parent of a 12-year-old girl contacted the ICSO on June 14 and reported that the child had received inappropriate text messages from a man identified as Arnold Joe Eberhart, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.
The case was assigned to Detective Sgt. Katie Harwell of the ICSO Special Victim’s Unit for investigation.
Harwell determined that Eberhart, 53, of Umberger Road, Cleveland, had sent multiple text messages to the 12-year-old girl in an attempt to entice her to meet him at a location near her home, Campbell said.
The text messages were sexual in nature and discussed how Eberhart would like for her to meet him outside and how he wanted to commit a sexual act, according to the news release.
Based on the evidence gathered in this case, Harwell obtained a felony warrant for Eberhart’s arrest for the offense of soliciting child by computer.
Eberhart was arrested on Sunday, June 24, by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set at $8,000 by a Rowan County magistrate.
According to the ICSO, Eberhart was placed on the Rowan County Sex Offender Registry for one count of second-degree rape for an offense that occurred in 1995.
His criminal history includes the following charges: misdemeanor injury to personal property, two counts of misdemeanor probation violation, misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony second-degree rape, felony assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of felony breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny by an employee, felony failure to notify address change by sex offender, and felony habitual breaking and entering.