Yearning Boy Murdered by Troubled Sex Offender


The Baltimore Sun profiles Melvin Lorenzo Jones Jr., charged with the murder of a boy whose family he had befriended. The Sun said Jones described himself as a “borderline pedophile” and asked police at least twice for help. In an August 2001 interview with Baltimore police, he worried that his behavior would turn violent. “I hate being this way,” he said.

Jones was charged last week with first-degree murder in the death of Irvin J. Harris, 11, who yearned for friendship. Harris disappeared with Jones, and the boy’s body was found a week ago in Northeast Baltimore. The portrait of Jones, a 52-year-old registered sex offender who had lived with his mother, that emerges through old police reports, charging documents and court records is one of a man who took advantage of the children around him, even though he knew it was wrong. According to charging documents, Jones gave police a statement “implicating himself in the homicide.” The documents also state that he called his daughter and Irvin’s sister to let them know where to find the boy’s body.


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