By: Kyle James | 08-24-2017 | News
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Former Sex Crimes Against Children Detective Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes Against Children

A former police detective and karate instructor in Charlottesville, Virginia has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sex crimes against children. Bruce Arlie Harvey was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force where he proceeded to commit the very crimes he was tasked with stopping. Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle said, "Harvey abused his positions of trust as a law enforcement officer and as a karate instructor to sexually exploit two of his female karate students beginning when each was approximately 13 years old. This case shows that child predators infiltrate every aspect of our society."

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Harvey continued to abuse them for several years. One agent from the FBI's Richmond Division said, "Harvey was every parent's worst nightmare. A multi-victim predator camouflaging himself in positions of trust. School resource officer. Child exploitation investigator. Karate instructor. Despicable." Harvey made sexual advances on the two 13-year-old girls while working as a karate instructor in Madison County. Prosecutors of the case say, "Harvey engaged in illegal sexual acts with these children after he began giving them private karate lessons and began traveling with each of them to karate competitions and other events at various out-of-state locations, including Ocean City, Maryland."

Prosecutors when on to describe the nature of the evidence against him, "At the time of his arrest on May 3, 2017, investigators recovered a Sony microcassette in a bedroom closet that contained a film clip dated Feb. 14, 2007, that showed one of the victims performing a sexual act with Harvey in his Madison County home." So far Harvey has pleaded guilty to the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, one count of possession of child pornography and three counts of transporting a minor across state lines.

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