Former PO man arrested for filming teens

A 26-year-old former Port Orchard man who allegedly met his victims at the now-shuttered teen hangout The Cove was arrested for making sexually explicit videotapes of at least two teenagers, according to the Port Orchard Police Department.

Charles Patrick Sweeney II pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor at his arraignment Friday in Kitsap County Superior Court. Both crimes were allegedly committed against two now-17-year-old teens on or between June 1 and Dec. 31, 2003, and are felonies carrying maximum sentences of 10 years in prison.

According to Officer Stan James, officers obtained a search warrant for Sweeney’s former residence — a Port Orchard apartment now vacated — after a computer repair technician allegedly discovered pornographic images of children on the suspect’s personal computer and reported it to authorities, as required by state law.

James said when officers searched Sweeney’s house they discovered more evidence, including tapes the suspect allegedly made of minors engaging in sex acts.

James said his office is investigating several potential victims ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old, and so far had identified at least one of the victims as a 17-year-old South Kitsap resident.

During his investigation, James said he learned Sweeney reportedly frequented The Cove — a business offering batting cages and other activities for teens that opened in the South Kitsap Mall last spring, but closed at the beginning of this year — where he allegedly passed himself off as 18 to meet and befriend young girls.

James said Sweeney now lives in Silverdale. At the time of his arrest, James said Sweeney was employed by Enterprise car rental.

Sweeney’s bail was set at $25,000, and his trial is scheduled for June 28.

According to RCW 9.68A.080, anyone who discovers what they believe could be sexually explicit photographs of a minor stored on a computer submitted for repair — or while processing film or other printed materials — is required to report them to police, and can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they do not comply.

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