Affidavit reveals details behind former city finance director’s arrest

Affidavit reveals details behind former city finance director’s arrest
Trever Harvey (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The former finance director for the city of Jonesboro made his first appearance in court on Monday, days after the city fired him after he was arrested.

Trever Harvey appeared in Craighead County District court on Monday, March 11.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Jonesboro investigators were notified on March 8 that Harvey had made sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl sometime during the summer of 2018.

The incident was reported on March 7 by the victim’s mother.

The court documents stated the juvenile was interviewed by members of the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division.

According to the report, the juvenile told officers that Harvey got her intoxicated, began showing her pornography in his home theater room and convinced her to take her clothes off so they could perform sexual acts while watching each other.

The juvenile further stated the only contact between the two was the upper area of her body.

A judge on Monday found probable cause to charge Harvey with second degree sexual assault for the inappropriate touching of a juvenile.

He also faces sexual indecency with a child, sexually grooming a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

His bond was set at $50,000 and his next court date is April 19 at the Craighead County Courthouse.

In a statement, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said the charges against Harvey were serious.

“I understand that he is innocent until proven guilty. But because these are very serious felony charges, I see no alternative at this time,” Perrin said.

The city terminated Harvey’s employment on Friday, March 8.

City Finance Manager Deanna Hornback will be serving as acting finance director until a permanent hire is made, city officials said, noting no further comment would be made on the issue due to it being an active police investigation.

Harvey had worked with the city since 2015 as a finance manager and accounting tech, city officials said earlier this year in announcing his appointment as finance director.

Editor’s Note: The probable cause affidavit incorrectly listed the offender’s mother as the person who reported incident to police. JPD reached out to Region 8 News to clarify that the victim’s mother was the one to report the incident.

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