Johnny Clevinger – School Psychologist – Decades worth of homegrown child pornography

Police say the FBI is now involved in the case of a Carteret County school psychologist charged with sex crimes.

Investigators say agents will look at computers seized from the home of 51-year-old Johnny Clevinger last month. Police say Clevinger took hundreds of lewd photos of children dating back several decades.

The FBI will be looking for more pictures or evidence the photos were distributed.

Clevinger is being held in the Carteret County jail on a $250,000 bond. He’s charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and taking indecent liberties with a child.

Clevinger is suspended with pay from the Carteret County Public School System pending an investigation.

Investigators said some of the pictures of naked children found in school psychologist Johnny Clevinger’s home date back at least two decades.

Authorities said they also expect to find more photos on three computers they seized.

“A number of photographs [were taken] right there at the house, and there was some information that he was utilizing the computers for this type of activity,” District Attorney Scott Thomas said.

Some of Clevinger’s neighbors said they were suspicious that something was wrong in the home. One neighbor said she had even called child protective services in the past after worries about Clevinger’s adopted children.

Clevinger worked as a school psychologist for the Carteret County School System.

They said every employee must undergo a criminal background check.

Before coming to Carteret County, Clevinger worked for schools in Louisiana and North Carolina, including Wilkes County from 1984 to 1996. He then worked at Person County Schools from 1996 to 2001.

An online profile of Clevinger states he has worked with troubled adolescent boys. It also lists nudism as one of his interests, and includes links to nudist Web sites.

“If that’s his lifestyle, that’s up to him,” Thomas said. “But that’s not a defense in a situation where you may have illegal photographs of minor children.”

But authorities said the investigation into Clevinger is ongoing, and they still don’t know exactly who or how many children were photographed.

Clevinger was arrested after a store clerk found lewd photos in film Clevinger dropped off for processing. He is being held in the Carteret County jail on $250,000 bond and is charged with first degree sexual exploitation of a minor and taking indecent liberties with a child.

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