Hatteras man charged with sex crimes against a minor

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Dare County deputies have charged a Hatteras man with sex crimes against a minor.

Deputies arrested 50-year-old Earnest Ray Ballance Jr. on December 14 following an investigation into allegations Balance committed sexual abuse on a minor, according to a news release from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

Ballance was charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of disseminating obscenity to a minor under 13.

He was being held on a $250,000 secured bond.

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