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Woman, Sex Offender Charged With Crimes Against 3 Year Old

A woman and her registered sex offender boyfriend have been arrested for sex charges involving a three year old girl in Onslow County.

Robert Burkhart is charged with nine counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of a sex offender using a social web site, two counts of exhibiting harmful performances to minors, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by being delinquent.

Samantha Shearin is charged with nine counts of exhibiting harmful performances to minors, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by being delinquent and obstructing justice.

Deputies say the two met on a social web site last October. The investigation shows Shearin helped Burkhart create MySpace and Facebook pages.

Investigators say during overnight visits to Shearin's home, the two performed sexual acts in the nude in the same room where the three year old slept. The child told deputies that during some of those visits Burkhart restrained and positioned her private areas so he could touch them.

Deputies say Shearin knew that Burkhart was a registered sex offender soon after they began dating.

Burkhart's bond is set at $205,000, while Shearin has a $10,000 bond.


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