August 2021

Paedophile sought out jobs where he’d have access to children

Keats Harvey custody image

A man who sexually assaulted young children and was ‘actively seeking opportunities to offend again’ has been convicted of 14 counts of child sexual abuse after being arrested at his home near Chichester, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Keats Harvey, a 24-year-old American national, who lives in West Wittering groomed and sexually assaulted four children, the youngest of whom was a toddler.

He was also in possession of almost 9,000 indecent images of children of which some showed the rape and torture of very young children

He was arrested by NCA officers at his home in West Wittering in May 2020.

On Thursday (July 29), at Hove Crown Court, Harvey was found guilty of six counts of possessing indecent images of children (categories A-C), two counts of possessing prohibited images, two counts of taking and one of distributing an indecent photo of a child, two counts of assaulting a child, and meeting a girl under 16 following grooming.

During their investigation, the NCA also uncovered a number of chat logs and emails in which Harvey exchanged images with other ‘like-minded individuals’ and admitted to molesting three young children.

The pervert met his victims through other adults he knew, the NCA said. The investigation identified four children abused by the American national, all of whom were under ten years old.

The children have now been safeguarded.

NCA investigators said Harvey made multiple attempts to meet and abuse his victims by befriending vulnerable adults with children and applying for jobs at places he knew would give him access to children, like hospitals and nurseries.

Harvey will be sentenced at Hove Crown Court on October 8 2021.