A convicted sex offender is headed back to prison for at least 20 years after pleading guilty to sex offense charges involving a four-year-old boy.
Dallas Harvell of Newport made the guilty plea this morning in Carteret County Superior Court. He was sentenced to serve between 20 and 26 years in state prison.
The 48-year-old Harvell was arrested just last month after deputies say he and the boy were caught with their pants down in a wooded area near the man's home.
Harvell was first convicted in 1982 of indecent liberties with a child in Carteret County. Ten years later he was charged with crimes against nature and indecent liberties with a child in Craven County. Deputies say In 2000 he was convicted of indecent liberties with a 6-year-old child in Carteret County and 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.
He was released from prison in September of 2012.
"Mr. Harvell is a repeat offender and should never have been released early by the Division of Adult Correction," according to District Attorney Scott Thomas. "He has now received a maximum prison sentence of 26 years. People are safer with folks like Mr. Harvell in prison. I would like to commend the individual who reported the suspicious activity to law enforcement and Sheriff Buck's department for a good investigation."