Feds Join Investigation Into School Psychologist Case

Carteret County, NC -- The FBI has now joined in the case of a Carteret County school psychologist who is charged with taking inappropriate nude pictures of a young teenage boy.

Johnny Clevinger was arrested two weeks ago on charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The psychologist remains on paid leave with the Carteret County School system.

Morehead City police say after consulting with the district attorney, it has been agreed that the FBI should also be involved in the investigation. Police say they have met with the FBI and have turned over all seized computers and computer related equipment to their forensics agents.

The 51-year-old Clevinger remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.

May 22nd Update

A school psychologist in Carteret County remains behind bars Thursday afternoon, 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 he worked at.

An online profile reportedly of Clevinger, age 51 of Morehead City, claims he has worked with agencies across North Carolina dealing with children and his interests include naturism and social nudism.

WITN spoke with a young man Thursday who said he is one of Clevinger's five adopted sons. Thomas Clevinger, who told WITN he is 18, says his family does practice nudism.

Thomas Clevinger said his father didn't commit a crime but made a bad decision.

"I think he made a wrong decision doing that," Thomas said. "Because yes, he does deal with a lot of people's children as a school psychologist."

Thomas, who lives with a friend, said there was nothing wrong going on in the Clevinger household, despite what critics of nudism might think.

"The public sees it as a bad thing because you are naked," Thomas said. "We've grown up knowing that naked is not bad."

Police say they had been called to the Clevinger home more than a dozen times for complaints before the arrest.

Thomas said before the arrest, his father had planned a trip this weekend for he and his younger brother to Jasmine Trail Nudist Resort and Campground in Pamlico County.

As we researched the case Thursday, we checked out Jasmine Trail's website.

Along with information, the website has photos of naked children and adults.

One of the photos on the camp website shows two adults and three children walking away from the camera, naked. Another shows a back view of three children beside water.

WITN asked the manager of Jasmine Trail about the photos. We were told all the people in the pictures on the website are members and volunteered to be in the photos.

The camp's website says children are natural nudists and they encourage families to join.

We asked District Attorney Scott Thomas about photos of naked children and how they are used.

Thomas said North Carolina's laws about nude photos of kids were strengthened in December 2008, but that the issue is not always as clear as it might seem.

Thomas said what parts of the body the photos show and the photos intent impact whether they are legal or not.

Johnny Clevinger is locked up under a $250,000 bond. School officials say Clevinger is still employed and suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

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A school psychologist with the Carteret County school system is in jail after cops say he took nude photos of a boy in his early teens.

Johnny Clevinger works for the Carteret County school system.

Morehead City police say the 51-year-old man is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor and first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Clevinger was originally jailed under a $50,000 bond, but his bond has been increased to $250,000.

Police say they were alerted this past weekend after a local business said they developed nude photos of a boy who is in his early teens.

Police say the boy is not a student that Clevinger directly worked with.

Officers tell WITN News when they went to Clevinger's house they found hundreds of photos of several other children. They also seized three computers, two from his house and one from a school he worked at.

Police believe there will be more charges against the psychologist and they are trying to identify the other children in the photos.

School officials say Clevinger has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of their investigation. Clevinger was hired in 2001 and worked at Morehead City Elementary Morehead City Primary School and Newport Middle School.

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  • by hopeful Location: NC on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    WOW, I hope non of you ever get put in a situation where you could be misjudged by the masses- we don't even have all the facts and you are ready to hang this man, call him a pediphile and run him out of his county. And it is just IGNORANT to think that a single man has other motives when they have a desire to adopt children- would we think that about a single woman who wanted to adopt children? i personally do not support the nudist lifestyle but our culture is one of the only ones that do not- many european cultures do and it does not make the adults "homos" or sexual predators. i think we need to reserve this "hang him high" reaction until we actually have FACTS and for some of you, education.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Why has the feds joined into the investigation. Have Waldo snaped to many naked shots? Hey, why isn't Waldo married?
  • by Anonymous Location: Carteret County on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    This man worked at my childs school. He needs to be punished to the full extent. If I found out he had pictures of my child, they would have to lock him under the jail or he would be hurt.
  • by sam Location: farmville on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    The school system needs to check into who they hire better. So many sick people working with kids. This guy is a creep.
  • by InvolvedCitizen Location: NC on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Oh good grief. There's a huge difference betweeen paintings/sculptures and naked snapshots. Those poor boys that he was allowed to adopt to satisfy his disturbed and damaging desires. The number of sexual predators in our schools is alarming. But not surprising. Sexual predators intentionally seek out opportunities and careers that allow have access our youth. They find positions of authority over them, They gain the trust of the children and the respect of parents. Most of them seem to be outside of the teacher certification requirements. (Assistants, coaches, band/music/art/drama teachers, ROTC, etc.) We must raise the bar on these positions some how.
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Artists have been painting and sculpting the human body for time eternal....
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 06:11 AM
    i mean what does he get out of taking pictures of boys?
  • by Wanda Location: kenansville on May 27, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    His distorted thinking has caused him to get himself arrested. He was not arrested for being NAKED. He was arrested for taking NUDE pictures of little boys. Now please share with me as to why do you think that he should not be charged and placed under the jail?
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 27, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    5 adopted sons and nothing about a wife up there and these things that they are into! OMG any children that my wife ahve in the future I would not want them to be anywhere around those type of people. That is very creepy right there. Very Creepy! To Nathan of Chocowinity, I am right there with you man. I don't know what sickens me the worst. To Matt of Greenville, I'll agree about the punishment and how it will drop the crime rate quickly.
  • by I agree to some degree... on May 27, 2009 at 02:01 AM
    I think that ALL children should be taught to be comfortable with their bodies. Yes, as a child, my brother and I ran around naked!!! Of course we did, until we were 5-6, not 15-16. Yea, it sounds REALLY suspicious that he was allowed to adopt 5 boys with no wife mentioned. YIKES! And still, we have to go to China to adopt kids b/c it's easier. SAD!

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