UPDATE: Children At Local Nudist Resort

An update to our story on the Jasmine Trail nudist resort in Pamlico County that allows kids.

A day after our story, the pictures on the campground website showing naked kids have been removed.

Pamlico County District Attorney Scott Thomas said his office and the FBI are both looking at the campground and the website.

WITN started looking into Jasmine Trail after a school psychologist, whose interests include naturism and social nudism, and whose online profile includes Jasmine Trail, was arrested and charged with taking nude photos of a boy.

You can read more about that on my news blog.

ORIGINAL STORY:

District Attorney Scott Thomas says his office and the F.B.I are looking into a Pamlico County campground where kids are naked with adults, and the campground's website that shows pictures of naked kids.

Officials with the Jasmine Trail Nudist Campground near Grantsboro refused an on camera interview. They referred us to the American Association for Nude Recreation, of which the campground is a member.

American Association for Nude Recreation spokeswoman, Carolyn Hawkins, says there is nothing inappropriate, lewd, sexual, or perverted about what's going on. "Having a child at a nudist resort...It's just one of the, in my opinion, one of the greatest things that I've ever done in my life. My children, my grandchildren, my great grandchildren are all nudists."

Thomas says his office is looking into whether any state laws like indecent exposure or exploitation are being broken. He's also asked the FBI to take a look at the Jasmine Trail website and advertisements to see if any federal laws are being violated.

Another big concern is the possibility that places like Jasmine Trail could attract pedophiles. Thomas says, "When you have children involved and children being exposed to other adults and certainly other adults not even related and they're there with no clothes on it certainly, in my mind, raises a security issue and safety issue for the child."

Hawkins says all AANR resorts are safe and that procedures are in place to protect kids and adults, but wouldn't go into detail saying, "We do have a screening process and I don't want to reveal something that's confidential. Each club has its own screening process and I don't always know what that process is at each individual club."

While it is the job of the Department of Social Services to, in part, look after the well being of children, Pamlico County Human Services, or D.S.S. director, Bob Johnson, says Jasmine Trail has remained off the radar with no complaints. But what about kids who may not want to be there and are reluctant to speak out against their parents? Johnson says, "We would have to look at the area from the standpoint of neglect and I think it would be a very easy case to prove."

Thomas says he intends to ask state lawmakers and consult with the Attorney General's office on legislation that would place an age restriction on nudist facilities in North Carolina.

Nudists disagree with legislation that would keep minors out of nudist resorts. Hawkins says, "I think that when you have a family club and you have a family that families should be able to raise their children the way they want to."


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  • by lou Location: washington on Mar 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
    these people are sick,i would not want my boys which are men now nor my grand kids at such a place,if one of these kids were to sexualy abused it should fall back on the parents for taking them to such place sounds like to me this place needs to be SHUT DOWN
  • by MHC Location: MHC on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    they should take every single one of them children just like they did with the compunds in texas----no child should have to be exposed to that it is illegal to expose yourself---who would want that type of temptation from some sicko around thier children.
  • by TA-QUANA Location: ENC on Jul 25, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    Do what you want, but I don't want to see your mess flopping around. As for your kids, they should make the choice to be nudists. Put them in clothing like a normal person until they make the decision to run around naked. No matter what you want to do, they may not be comfortable with the nudist ideas.
  • by organicfarmer Location: Candler on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    it just blows my mind... you think these people go to look at each other, not true. It's about freedom, having fun, and nothing left to hide. These kids are having fun, not looking at adults. I for one think dressing to impress is a crock. So is makeup and pretending to be someone you aren't. I am a nudist. When I was three I naturally took my clothes off and mom had to chase me down the street to put them back on. NC and the Bible belt in particular is full of people who love to run other people's lives from mostly a standpoint of intense fears. I refuse to make decisions based on fear. I raised my kid to be a nudist, it is a natural state of being.
  • by Jason Location: USA on Mar 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    The taking and publication of simple nude picture of minors has been upheld as constitutionaly LEGAL since 1958 by the US Supreme Court. The issue of public nudity is outside the scope of morality. Remember that Adam and Eve were nudists and God did declare them good right after he created them that way.
  • by Bill Location: Washington on Jan 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Bottom line is if there isn't any evidence of endangering the kids it's none of anyone elses business. Do you want people telling you how to raise your kids? I didn't think so. No I don't go to those places but I also don't judge people who do. Tend to your own business and take care of your own kids the best you know how.
  • by Sharon Location: ENC on Nov 25, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    Guess what? There are more clothed people in this world than nudist, don't that tell you something? What ever happened to morals and common desenecy? GET REAL PEOPLE!!!!!
  • by born Location: free on Aug 4, 2010 at 05:21 PM
    I agree with xoxo 1million percent!...
  • by Ted Location: Hendersonville NC on Feb 2, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    Do you all really think that because a child is covered with clothing that they are safe from perverts? There seems to be a large problem of children being molested in a clothed society. Perhaps if the pediophiles had been raised in a nudist family they wouldn't have become pediophiles . The thing to me is that the nudity in question is in a family context and environment. The children are closely monitored and protected,apparently far more so than in our school systems and churches. They have to be, because of the circumstances. I am in full agreement with xoxo.
  • by xoxo Location: eastern NC on Jan 11, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    we look at images from the rain forest, or the plains in Africa of young children naked, of women sucking children to their breasts, of men with either a small loin cloth or nothing,,and think nothing...that is how they have been for centuries..our culture has debased what the body is to be seen as..and I am no right wing holy roller ( thank God)...but it is true, God didn't care that A&E were naked..he asked them "who told you were naked?"...our body is our temple of our soul..which makes me wonder why people are fat, smoke, drink, do drugs, have eating disorders, etc...guess they don't like the temple...if the nudist are doing no harm leave them be...go after the fat drug addicts, pushers, drunks, etc....
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