Repeat sex offender from Newport sentenced to prison

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

Deputies were able to locate the boy and identify Harvell.

“This is yet another case that proves that certain sexual offenders will reoffend if given the opportunity,” Buck said in a statement. “These type offenders should never be considered for early release, especially if they have already been classified as recidivists.

“Thankfully in this case a citizen was in the right place at the right time and came forward with the information in order that we could conduct an investigation. I commend the witness, our deputies and District Attorney Scott Thomas and his office for a job well done.”

Harvell is a convicted sex offender who was placed on the North Carolina registry after being released from prison. He was first convicted in 1982 of indecent liberties with a child in Carteret County. In 1992, he was charged with crimes against nature and indecent liberties with a child in Craven County. In 2000, he was convicted of indecent liberties with a 6-year-old child in Carteret County. In 2007, he was convicted of two counts of indecent liberties with a 7-year-old child in connection with a 2004 Pamlico County incident.

Harvell is required to be registered as sex offender as a lifetime recidivist.

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