Aberdeen man accused of sexually assaulting boy

An Aberdeen man who was allowed into a Center Deen Avenue home by child care providers allegedly sexually assaulted a boy there, according to charging documents.

Wayne Harvey, 46, of the 100 block of North Philadelphia Boulevard, was ordered held without bail by District Court Judge Susan Hazlett on Monday on charges of sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

He has nine arrests for child abuse, as well as convictions in Delaware, according to an assistant state's attorney who argued against any reduction in Harvey's bail.

Two people, Michael Poppiti and Megan Fisher, who were watching a couple's children, told police they had let Harvey in the home at some point on Sunday, according to the statement of charges.

The child, whose age was not provided, told police Harvey allegedly touched him sexually while they were on the couch watching TV. When the boy tried to get up, Harvey allegedly held him down and demanded sex, according to the statement of charges.

Poppiti and Fisher told police they heard the boy crying and walked in to find Harvey holding the child and demanding he have sex, according to charging documents.

Harvey let the child go when Poppiti and Fisher walked in, they told police. Poppiti and Fisher called the boy's parents, who came home from work before police came.

Harvey appeared to be intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to charging documents, telling police "I don't know what's going on."

During Monday's bail review hearing, public defender Sara Klemm told Hazlett that Harvey works at Liberty Tax Service and finished 10th grade at Havre de Grace High School.

Harvey, who was seen via closed-captioned TV from the Harford County Detention Center, told Hazlett a lot of his prior cases are "20 or 30 years ago."

"I understand I have a very extensive record as an adult, but not that extensive," he told the judge.

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