Sanford Cops: Daytona Beach man arrested on charges of arranging via the internet to meet two girls, 9 &11, for sex

Photos for Headline Surfer / Sanford Investigators arrest Daytona Beach resident Harris Michael Carvel (DOB, Jan. 1, 2000), on Wednesday as shown in his jail mugshot for allegedly traveling to meet two pre-teen girls for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse after soliciting them through the internet.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

SANFORD, Fla. -- Sanford police Investigators were notified through the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force that a possible suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Harris M. Carvel, expressed interest in traveling to Sanford from Daytona Beach for the sole purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse with with two girls, ages 9 and 11, Sanford cops said in announcing his arrest on Wednesday.

Here is a synopsis of what allegedly occurred as described by Sanford Police PIO Bianca Gillett in an email media alert with Headline Surfer: An FBI Agent communicating as the children’s father, was contacted by Carvel of Daytona Beach, who was responding to an online classified ad. Carvel expressed his desire to have sex with the two children and arranged to meet the FBI Agent in order to follow him to a residence to engage in the sexual acts, Sanford cops said, adding Carvel was arrested without incident Wednesday as he arrived at a predetermined location in the City of Sanford. 

Sanford PD's top cop didn't mince words in describing the alleged activity by Carvel. 

“The details of the case and the intent of Harris Carvel are nothing short of disgusting," Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said. "I commend the undercover FBI agent, and our investigator, William Erwin, in their efforts to protect our children, while having to continually be exposed to the sickness of individuals such as Carvel. Intended acts such as these, against our most innocent of victims, will always be a shock to my senses.”

Sanford PD's top cop didn't mince words in describing the alleged activity by Carvel.

“The details of the case and the intent of Harris Carvel are nothing short of disgusting," Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said. "I commend the undercover FBI agent, and our investigator, William Erwin, in their efforts to protect our children, while having to continually be exposed to the sickness of individuals such as Carvel. Intended acts such as these, against our most innocent of victims, will always be a shock to my senses.”

Carvel was charged with one count of obscene communication - traveling to meet after use of a computer to lure a child. He was transported to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility where he was being held without bail, pending a fist appearance.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.