Debate Over Jasmine Trail Nudist Resort

There has been a fair amount of debate since my story Thursday night about the Jasmine Trail Nudist Resort that allows kids. Some of you are asking why we did this story.


There has been a fair amount of debate since my story Thursday night about the Jasmine Trail Nudist Resort that allows kids.

While viewers debate the pros and cons of allowing kids to attend nudist resorts with adults, I want to clarify one point.

Some of you are asking why we did this story. We took our questions about Jasmine Trail to District Attorney Scott Thomas and D.S.S. Director Bob Johnson after we learned a school psychologist, who's interests include naturism and social nudism, and who's online profile includes Jasmine Trail, was arrested and charged with taking nude photos of a boy.

Johnny Clevinger is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor and first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Lawmen say they found hundreds of photos of several other children at Clevinger's home and also seized three computers, two from his house and one from a school where he worked in Carteret County.

Clevinger's son told us his father had a trip planned to Jasmine Trail for he and his younger brother, which subsequently didn't happen because of his arrest.

Is what's going on at Jasmine Trail appropriate or not? That's not for us to decide. But it is our duty to explore the issue and raise questions when a school psychologist, arrested on charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and first degree sexual exploitation of a minor, lists it as an interest of his and plans a trip there.


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  • by Pagan Location: NC on Jul 13, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    If you think that pedophile behavior is a rare occurence you are sadly mistaken, but nudu=ist resorts are not where it happens- the kids are too well guarded for that to happen. However there have been reports that this particilar resort has now become a swinger's club and that sheds a whole new light on children being there.
  • by Sarah Location: jacksonville, nc on Jun 7, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    you arrested a man for child porn, there was no need to bring in a respectable resort such as Jasmine Trail and try and turn it into a place that encourages that type of behavior. i am a regular at this resort and by no means does any type of unethical behavior go on there by any of it's members or visitors. before you call what you do "reporting the story" i recommend you get your facts straight.
  • by william Location: goldsboro on Sep 10, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    I appears to me that this reporter is being bias and inserting his personal opinion only. This is not the proper way to report a story. You do not search for the answers you want only. There are millions of nudist who are all hard working people who just enjoy the freedom of being nude. They simply do the same things nude in approved public places people with cloths on do. You find one prevert and put all the others in the same basket. That ain't right. There are more preverts wearing cloths in this country than nudist. Read the newspaper.
  • by Ken Location: CA on Jul 28, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    With all due respect to those who disagree, to say just being nude, whether you are old or young, is "repulsive" is narrow minded and prudish. This attitude of the majority of parents today is why students would rather stink than take a shower at school. Nudists resort do not even allow cameras, so I see no problem. What about kids skinnydipping at beaches in the past? Were they being "repulsive?"
  • by F/W Location: Local NC on Jul 25, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    We feel that you were just looking for ratings & sansationalism. You failed to give a balanced report. Failed to mention that nudists resort have a strict policy regarding cameras & photography. It WITN wern't the local station, we wouldn't tune in to you at all. Scott Thomas asking the FBI to look into it. How ridiculous is that guy? Maybe your next expose should include weather forecasters.
  • by Liza Location: Kinston on Jul 16, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    Historically, anytime a group of people became more civilized, "the putting on of clothes followed". For those who see no difference in humans and animals I guess it is acceptable. It is not acceptable to me. It is repulsive!
  • by Concerned Location: Concerned on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    I think that according to the Bible, parents should raise children in the way they should grow. Although, individuals have different methods and strategies to raise their children, it is not for us to judge. No matter whether or not a child, adult, or teen is allowed to go to a nudist camp, it is the ultimate responsibility of the parents to protect and care for their children. And that means individuals who will take this opportunity to continue their exploitation of young children and their bodies. IT IS NOT LEFT UP TO ME OR WITN; BUT TO THE PARENTS. THE BALL IS IN THEIR COURT.
  • by Marilyn Location: Tampa FL on Jul 7, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    There is nothing wrong with children at nudist resorts. Children are perfectly safe at a nudist resort. Seems to me that they better take a look a certain churches and the environment at those places. Nudists are natural, comfortable and very friendly folks. You can find all types of individuals such as high professionals to just normal business people who enjoy the same freedom.
  • by Jenny Location: AZ on Jul 6, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    I heard somewhere that, before his arrest, Bernie Madoff was planning to write a blog on Does that mean WITN should be investigated?
  • by naturalist Location: Goldsboro on Jul 5, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    How many children are taken advantage of in School by teacher, but yet we still send them there. And I am aware that this is why the story was first told.
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