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Ex-Waynesboro fire chief jailed in child porn case

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A former Waynesboro fire chief has been jailed in a child pornography sting, according to authorities and court records. Troopers with the Virginia State Police this week arrested Harvey Lee Kelley, 78, of Waynesboro, after authorities from the Bergen County Prosecutors Office in New Jersey requested assistance in a case against the man.

Kelley, who served as Waynesboro Fire Chief from 1981 to 1995, has been held since Monday at Middle River Regional Jail in Verona.

He faces a hearing Friday regarding extradition to New Jersey.

Just after noon Monday, an Albemarle County police sergeant searched Kelley’s Isle Avenue home on behalf of New Jersey investigators, according to a search warrant filed in Waynesboro court. Evidence retrieved was sent to New Jersey for a child pornography investigation, said Albemarle County police Lt. Greg Jenkins.

According to the search warrant:

On Aug. 30 an officer in Bergen County logged into an online chat room to perform an undercover investigation into the sexual exploitation of children. He operated under the disguise of a 34-year-old woman named Kris with a young daughter.

Another chat user named Roho, later identified by police as Harvey Kelley, asked a series of questions about the officer’s pretend daughter and asked if the woman would perform sex acts on the girl.

During conversations, Roho stated his name was “Harv.”

The undercover officer continued chatting with Kelley into November, when the ex-chief switched to the screen name “kelleymooseharvey,” the warrant states.

Under that name, Kelley sent photos to the officer that depicted prepubescent girls in sexual positions, the warrant states.

During several conversations, Kelley discussed wanting to travel to New Jersey to have a sexual relationship with “Kris” and the daughter, the warrant states.

Authorities in New Jersey did not return calls.

Current city Fire Chief Charles Scott, who served under Kelley, declined to comment.

A woman who answered the phone at Kelley’s home also declined to comment.

Kelley joined the fire department in 1956 and served 39 years. He also worked with the city rescue squad.

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