Brothers, Cousin Accused of Sex Crimes Against Young Children

Three young eastern North Carolina men, all members of the same family, were arrested and charged Friday with sex crimes against two young children.

Ethan Jones, 18, and his 20-year-old brother, Brandon Jones, have both been charged with statutory rape and statutory sex offense with a child, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office says.

The brothers’ cousin, 24-year-old Mark McKenney, has been charged with indecent liberties with a minor and first and second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The sheriff’s office said the children were 12- and 13-years-old.

All three are being held on $250,000 bonds each, and deputies say more charges are expected.

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[Featured image: L-R, Ethan Jones, Brandon Jones, and Mark McKenney/Craven County Sheriff’s Office]