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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An Onslow County teacher and coach has quit his job after being charged with a sex crime involving a child.

John Tobias Sweeney, 36, of Jacksonville is charged with solicitation of a child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act. Investigators say the victim was 13 years old and lived in another state.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with help from the FBI arrested Sweeney, a teacher and coach at Southwest High School, at his home without incident early this morning. Sweeney was taken to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $10,000 secure bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow.

The school district says Sweeney has been with the school system for 14 years. He has been teaching English at Southwest High School, where he was also soccer coach, since 2006. Before that he taught at New Bridge Middle School.

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2015 years 10 months ago

What a piece of garbage.

Paul N.
2015 years 10 months ago

There seem to be more and more reports of men AND women attempting to have sex with children. I know sexual exploitation of children is nothing new, but there is definitely more of it now.


The internet is a major reason for the upswing in child sexploitation. It’s a disturbing trend on many levels.

Mr. Sweeny seems to be a respectable man, as do many sex offenders.

Questions: How did he contact the child? Is there a specific web site for this kind of depravity? Did the parents of the child monitor their daughter’s (son’s?)internet activity.

The internet is a Pandora’s Box that allow all kinds of mischief to flourish. Children should never be allowed unrestricted use of their computers. Herein lies danger.

juan rios
2015 years 10 months ago

No. Pedophilia is not on the increase. It has always been with us…and always will be. No amount of punishment, no treatment (aside from some unimaginable and most likely Orwellian control) will change that. The same as homosexuality. And, just like homosexuality, it is much more prevalent than anyone would believe. Also, pedophilia, again like homosexuality, is not all or nothing: there is some latent pedophilic attraction in almost everyone. Give a plethysmograph test to 10,000 random individuals and there will register penile tumescence in nearly every subject (to the limits of the machine and assuming the subjects are not consciously supressing their reactions). So why the apparent increase? Simple. We live in a hyper-informed, media-saturated society, where crimes anywhere in the world seem local; just as I am reading and replying to this article from 3000 miles away. Also, reporting is much more common. What would have been a well-guarded secret 30+ years ago, now is plastered all over the media. Is this not indeed what is happening in the Catholic Church, the Boy (lover) Scouts and several other institutions: secrets from the past are being revealed. Maybe it’s time to start really trying to understand pedophila.

2015 years 10 months ago

My mother used to play online poker. One time a fella asked her how old she is. She replied “14”. He proceeded to come on to her in a very explicit manner. She then asked if he had ever seen Dateline’s To Catch a Predator. When he said no, she explained it to him and he abruptly left the room. I would have reported him, but Mama isn’t very computer savvy and didn’t.

I said all that to say this–although there may be sites specific to this kind of behavior, they are lurking everywhere on the internet. Parents should very much be aware of what their children do on the internet.

2015 years 10 months ago

Lock him up and throw away the key!!!! I wish, but not with today’s justice system!

Monkey Junction
2015 years 10 months ago

I think most of your post was well thought out and informative. However to compare homosexuality to pedophilia is crazy. Homosexuality is legal and between two consenting parties. Pedophilia is the evil done by an adult to an minor who cannot consent.

juan rios
2015 years 10 months ago

Legality is not the issue, as what is legal or illegal changes through time and varies by geography. I am not comparing homosexuality to pedophilia other than to point out that both are more prevalent than believed to be, a degree of both “orientations” exist in all of us, and both are fundamental parts of the personality and thus not (normally) amenable to “treatment”. This is not to imply that homosexually oriented individuals are more nor less likely to be pedophiles. As an aside, I should clarify a couple of misconceptions: first, the majority of sexual assaults on children are not committed by “pedophiles”. More often, the child simply presented an easily available sexual outlet. The offender was not specifically interested in children; he (or she) just wanted to “get off”. And, in many instances, the “forbidenness” and the “perversity” of the act made it more arousing. And, of course, the more violent assaults against children are committed by individuals with a strong sadistic orientation and assaulting a child is again “more arousing” and more perverse, thus often more fulfilling to the sadist. Pedophiles, as most experts will tell you, are most often gentle and accomodating to their victims and often are shocked to be informed that their actions were harmful to a child.

2015 years 10 months ago

Homosexuals are NOTHING like pedophiles. As well saying that they normally arent pedophiles just need a sexual outlet…HELLO, there are PLENTY of easy adults. DONT Make this that. Use your common sense we were giving. You are saying you arent a pedo but if you feel the need and a niave 13 yr old that is in need of desparate adult attention you would pounce? If so…YES you are a pedo. And then the comments about Child abuse being sadistic and arousing….YOU REALLY think when someone beats a child they get aroused? OH MY…sir/or maam…you are obviously in need of education. Maybe you should go to the nearest sexual orientation/abuse center and be educated. IF YOU HAVE SEX WITH A CHILD IF YOU BEAT A CHILD—-YOU ARE WRONG…AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE WRONG, OTHERWISE WHY WOULD YOU HIDE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tracy Kirkpatrick
2015 years 10 months ago

He is gross and nasty..
shame on you Mr. John Sweeney!


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