CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) — A former detective with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, who was also assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexually exploiting minors.
The United States Disctrict Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville said Bruce Harvey, 41, of Reva pled guilty to three counts of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of possession of child porn.
The acting U.S. attorney said Harvey abused his positions of trust as a law enforcement officer and as a karate instructor to sexually exploit two of his female students.
It was at least two years for one victim and at least four years for the other victim.
“This case shows that child predators infiltrate every aspect of our society, including law enforcement. Parents should always be on guard and should always remember that child predators may gravitate to vocations and places where they can occupy positions of trust and have easy access to children. Criminals who exploit children should know that there is no longer a statute of limitations for these types of crimes and the United States Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute them no matter how long ago they exploited their victims,” said Acting United States Attorney Mountcastle. “While there is little that we can do to reverse the trauma and harm that Harvey inflicted on the two innocent victims, it is our sincerest hope that this prosecution will be a first step toward healing, restoration, and renewal for each of them.”
An FBI special agent called Harvey every parent’s “worst nightmare.”
FBI officials said Harvey was a karate instructor at the Virginia Tong Leong School of Karate and began making sexual advances toward the two minor female victims while they were students and engaged in illegal sexual acts with them after he began giving them private karate lessons and traveling with them to karate competitions.
At the time of his arrest on May 3, 2017, investigators said they recovered a microcassette in a bedroom closet that contained a flip cam dated February 14, 2007 showing one of the victims performing a sexual act on him in his home.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia State Police investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Nancy S. Healey and Department of Justice- Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section Trial Attorney Lauren S. Kupersmith are prosecuting it.