Volusia Boy Scout leader arrested for child porn

Fred Harvey, Jail booking photo
Fred Harvey, Jail booking photo

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) —A Boy Scout leader and New Smyrna Beach city worker was arrested at his rural home early Saturday, accused of molesting a girl he knew and downloading pornographic images of toddlers, authorities said.

Fred Harvey, 56, was charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl, taking pictures, and e-mailing them to an unknown person, authorities said.

Harvey, a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor since 2007, was also employed by the city of New Symrna Beach as a building maintenance worker. Up until his arrest he had no complaints and had passed a background check, officials said.

“I’m not going to talk until I see my lawyer,” said a woman who identified herself as Harvey’s wife.

When asked about the molestation accusation she began a sentence, saying, “That’s what,” then stopped herself and drove off.

Deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Harvey back in September after receiving a tip. Authorities said a search of his computer turned up “multiple” images of child pornography involving toddlers aged two and younger. Investigators also uncovered e-mails containing photographs of Harvey allegedly molesting the 14-year-old, who is not connected to his job with the Boy Scouts.

Harvey has been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts since 2007, leaders say. He worked with various troops and Scouts as young as 11 years old.

“The behavior included in these allegations is completely unacceptable and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands,” said Eric Magendantz, with the Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council. “While the allegations are unrelated to Scouting, upon learning of these reports we took immediate action to revoke this individual’s registration and preclude him from any further participation in our programs.”

WESH 2 tried, again, to press for answers and left when asked.

“I’m only going to ask this nicely once,” said a woman, who emerged with a goat. “Please get off our property.”

Boy Scout leaders said they will begin the process of notifying parents.

“Our first concern is for the kids,” said Magendantz. “So, we’ll be reaching out over the next few days to troops in the area to see if they’ve had any interactions with Mr. Harvey.”

Harvey was arrested and charged with lewd or lascivious molestation, possession of sexual performance by a child and promoting sexual performance by a child. He was booked into the Volusia County Jail and is currently being held without bond.

Investigators say they are worried there could be additional accusers because of Harvey’s access to children.

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