Police arrest a repeat sex offender on sex offense charges involving a 4-year-old boy.

Carteret County deputies arrested Dallas Harvell Jr. Saturday in Newport.

According to police, Harvell was seen engaging in sexual acts with a child in a wooded area near his home. When the suspect realized he was being watched he took the child and ran, witnesses said.

Deputies were able to locate the child and he was taken to a Carteret County hospital.

Harvell was charged with indecent liberties with a child and attempted first degree sex offense on a child. He has been placed in the Carteret County jail under a $1.5 million bond.

According to officials, Harvell was first convicted in 1982 of indecent liberties with a child.