FBI agent who investigated sex crimes against children is charged for sex crimes against children

An FBI agent assigned to investigate crimes against children was arrested for alleged sex crimes across three states that included minors.

David Harris, 51, of Prairieville, Louisiana, was arrested earlier this summer on sexual assault and related charges involving a number of victims dating back to 2016, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and media reports.

He is facing additional charges involving a girl he victimized while he was vacationing on St. George Island, Florida.

Harris, who worked as a supervisory special agent with the FBI, was fired during the course of multiple investigations involving victims in Louisiana, Texas and Florida.

On Thursday, Franklin County Sheriff A.J. "Tony" Smith announced that an arrest warrant was issued for Harris' arrest over allegations reported to the Sheriff's Office in February.

David Harris
David Harris

"(FSCO) learned that Harris came to St. George Island on vacation with family and friends in July of 2019 and in this time exposed his genitalia in a lewd and lascivious manner to a then-14-year-old female," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Investigators obtained evidence that led to other sex crime allegations against Harris involving adult and minor victims in at least five local jurisdictions, several of them in Louisiana.

The Louisiana State Police and the Texas Rangers formed a task force to investigate Harris, a West Point graduate and a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. A number of federal agencies also were involved in the probe, including the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.

"Records were obtained from Harris' issued government electronic devices finding conversation excerpts from Harris claiming his sexual preference to underage females and admitting to his exploits (including the St. George Island incident)," the Sheriff's Office said.

Harris was ordered held without bond after his arrest in Louisiana. A judge in Ascension Parish found him "a threat to the public" and ordered him held without bond, the Sheriff's Office said. He faces charges that include sexual battery, attempted rape, indecent behavior with juveniles and witness intimidation.

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