Man, 43, accused of sexually assaulting 3-year-old boy
Published: February 5, 2013
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ST. CROIX - A 43-year old man made his initial court appearance in V.I. Superior Court on Monday after police accused him of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy multiple times.
Sean Michael Harvey was extradited from Hawaii last week to face the charges against him here in the territory. He had been homeless and living on Anini Beach in Kauai County.
He was advised of his rights by Magistrate Judge Jessica Gallivan on Monday on charges of first-degree aggravated rape, first-degree unlawful sexual contact, child abuse and child neglect.
According to an affidavit filed by V.I. Police Detective Deborah Jack, the charges stem from a report on Aug. 31 after a woman reported to authorities that her 3-year old son told her that Harvey had sexually assaulted him.
The woman said she was feeding the boy when he blurted out a lewd comment and when she asked him where he had heard that, he said he had heard it from Harvey and that Harvey had touched him, according to Jack's report.
The woman told police that she confronted Harvey about the boy's allegations, and Harvey denied them and became upset.
The woman told police that she questioned the boy further about his encounters with Harvey, then she notified police.
Police learned that Harvey moved to St. Croix in June of 2012 and from that time to August 2012, he had direct contact with the boy on St. Croix and had digitally raped him and sodomized him, according to Jack's affidavit.
The boy reported that Harvey had also shown him videos and pictures on a computer that depicted child pornography, according to the court file.
Jack said the woman had not seen Harvey following the reports, and police later determined that he had left island the same day he was to appear in court for a hearing on another matter.
One of Harvey's friends had told police during the investigation that Harvey called him and said that the woman had made up a crazy story about him and that he needed to leave the island, according to Jack. The friend told police he did not have any financial resources to assist Harvey with his move, but he gave him a ride to put some of his belongings in storage and then gave him a ride to the airport, according to the affidavit.
The friend said Harvey told him that he was going to go to California where some of his friends were, but instead, he was tracked down in Hawaii after he tried to contact the woman from there in September, Jack said.
Police flagged Harvey's name on the database alerting law enforcement officers nationwide to be on the lookout for him, and Harvey was taken into custody late last year.
V.I. Police officers traveled to Hawaii last week to bring him back to the territory to face the charges.
Bail for Harvey was set at $150,000. Defense attorney Yolan Ross told the court a motion for his release would be filed on his behalf at a later date.
Harvey remains jailed at Golden Grove Correctional Facility unable to post bail.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.