Beaufort County Arson Suspect Fired As Kinston Cop

There is new information about the suspect in a series of arson cases in Beaufort and Washington counties.

WITN News has learned that Todd Jarvis was fired from his job in 2008 as a Kinston police officer.

In personnel documents obtained by WITN News, then Public Safety Director Greg Smith fired Jarvis for actions that were "both disruptive and disrespectful toward supervisors and fellow employees."

Jarvis was then hired as a deputy sheriff in Greene County. A request for public documents from Greene County has not been answered.

Jarvis was arrested Thursday for setting six fires in Beaufort County and one in Washington County. He was released after posting a $70,000 bond.

After leaving Greene County in 2010, Jarvis briefly worked as a correctional officer at Eastern Correctional Institution. The Department of Correction says he resigned August 17th.

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A former law enforcement officer was charged with several Beaufort County arsons Thursday afternoon.

Todd Jarvis of Bath is charged with setting six fires in Beaufort County and another in neighboring Washington County. He is also facing four counts of felony breaking and entering.

WITN has learned Jarvis is a former police officer in Kinston. He worked there from September 2005 to November 2008. Jarvis then worked as a deputy sheriff in Greene County from December 2008 to February 2010 and then as a state corrections officer from May 2010 to August 2010.

Since the middle of last month, lawmen have investigated arsons that have burned abandoned homes, damaged a church and two community centers.

Jarvis turned himself in Thursday afternoon. His charges stem from the three fires on Free Union Church Road and the fire on Highway 264 reported on the night of February 22nd, the fire at the Community Building on Highway 32 North reported on March 3rd, and the fire reported on Highway 99 North on March 6th.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has charged Jarvis for the February 22nd fire on Highway 32 South.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the 26-year-old man attributed his actions to emotional distress. Online records indicate Jarvis lost his wife last year.

Captain Kenneth Watson says Jarvis was arrested Monday on reckless driving to endanger and fail to heed lights or siren charges. He says they had Jarvis under surveillance and collected some evidence related to their investigation during that stop.

Jarvis was released on a $70,000 secured bond.

Deputies say the investigation into the remaining arsons in Beaufort County is on-going.

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