Jarvis gets prison terms

Published 12:42 am Friday, November 11, 2011

Todd Austin Jarvis, a Bath resident, was sentenced to prison after entering guilty pleas Wednesday to taking indecent liberties with a child and several arsons in Beaufort County.

The sentences were handed down in Beaufort County Superior Court. Jarvis was sentenced to 13 months to 16 months in prison on the indecent-liberties conviction. The arson-related charges were consolidated, and Jarvis was sentenced to 16 months to 20 months for that conviction. Those sentences will run consecutively, meaning he will serve the sentence for the arsons after serving the sentence on the indecent-liberties conviction.

Todd Austin Jarvis

For breaking into the buildings he burned, Jarvis also received a sentence of six months to eight months at the expiration of the sentence for the arsons conviction, but that sentence was suspended. That could mean Jarvis will be on probation after he serves his active prison sentences.

Jarvis will pay at least $150,000 in restitution to the people whose buildings were burned, said Tom Anglim, chief assistant district attorney for the Second Prosecutorial District.

Anglim described Jarvis’ sentences as a “just disposition.”

Jarvis had been charged with six counts of burning certain buildings and four counts of felony breaking and entering. The charges stemmed from three fires on Union Church Road and a fire on U.S. Highway 264 reported the night of Feb. 22; a fire at the Long Acre Community Building on N.C. Highway 32 on March 3; and a fire on N.C. Highway 99 in the Pungo community on March 6, according to previously published reports.

The arson charge concerning a building in Washington County was dismissed after Jarvis agreed to pay restitution in that case, Anglim said.

Jarvis apologized to the victims in the Washington County arson, Anglim said. The victims were in court Wednesday.

In April, Jarvis was charged with a first-degree statutory sexual offense, which occurred in Lenoir County. About the same time, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies began investigating Jarvis for possible sex-crime offenses in Beaufort County that were similar to those in Lenoir County, according to published reports.

Jarvis was charged with a sex crime that occurred in Beaufort County sometime during October 2010, Anglim said.

Jarvis, a former Kinston police officer and Greene County sheriff’s deputy, still faces charges in Lenoir County, Anglim said.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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