Released by: Major Jason Wank, Chief Detective
, September 8, 2015 — Beaufort, NC (09/08/2015) – On 09/05/2015 James Russell Charles, 56, of Ward, AR arrived at the Carteret County Jail after being extradited back to NC for a sexual offense that occurred in the western part of Carteret County in 2014. The original warrant for Charles was issued on 08/24/2015. Charles was taken into custody at a casino in Lula, Mississippi where he was transported to a local hospital in Helena, AR for medical reasons, prior to being returned to NC. Charles has been charged with one count of “1st Degree Statutory Sex Offense” with a ten year old child known to him. He was placed in the Carteret County Jail on a $500,000.00 bond and has already had his first court appearance this morning 09/08/2015. No further information is being released due to the age of the victim.