Repeat sex offender from Newport sentenced to prison


Dallas Harvell Jr., 48, of Newport, was sentenced to 20 to 26 years in prison for an attempted sex offense with a 4-year-old child.

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 02:52 PM.

A Newport man has pleaded guilty to felony attempted first degree sex offense for an incident involving a 4-year-old neighborhood child.

Dallas Harvell Jr., 48, of Dutch Treat Mobile Home Park, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Carteret County Superior Court.

A registered sex offender who had gotten out of prison in September on a 2007 conviction for indecent liberties with a child, Harvell was sentenced to between 20 and 26 years in prison.

“I am glad this prosecution has resulted in a guilty plea and maximum prison sentence,” District Attorney Scott Thomas said in a statement. “Mr. Harvell is a repeat offender and should never have been released early by the Division of Adult Correction. He has now received a maximum prison sentence of 26 years. People are safer with folks like Mr. Harvell in prison.

“I would like to commend the individual who reported the suspicious activity to law enforcement and Sheriff (Asa) Buck’s department for a good investigation.”

On May 31, Harvell was caught with the boy in a wooded area near Harvell’s residence, both had their pants down and Harvell was seen engaging in a lewd and lascivious sex act with the child, according to a previous news release issued by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

Harvell spotted the witness, pulled up his pants and fled with the boy. The witness, who was walking on a path through the wooded area as a cut through to another subdivision, reported his discovery to the sheriff’s office.

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