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Another teen victim identified
At least one more alleged victim of a former Port Orchard man accused of making sexually explicit videotapes of local teenagers has come forward detailing additional possible crimes, according to the Port Orchard Police Department.
Officer Stan James said an 18-year-old woman contacted him after reading a news story last week that reported Charles Patrick Sweeney II, 26, had been charged earlier this month for allegedly filming at least two local teens engaged in sex acts.
According to James, the young woman said she was 17 when she met Sweeney at the Kitsap Mall last fall. Based on the information she provided to him and he forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutors Office, James said he believes more charges may be filed against Sweeney.
Sweeney was arrested May 5 after a computer repair technician allegedly discovered pornographic images of children on his personal computer and reported it to law enforcement as required by state law.
James said officers then obtained a search warrant for Sweeneys former residence a Port Orchard apartment now vacated where they discovered more evidence, including videotapes the suspect allegedly made of minors.
Sweeney pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor at his arraignment May 7. Both crimes were allegedly committed against two now-17-year-olds on or between June 1 and Dec. 31, 2003, and are felonies carrying maximum sentences of 10 years in prison.
James said his office is investigating several more potential victims ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old who Sweeney reportedly met while frequenting several area businesses known to attract teens, including The Cove, which closed early this year, Givens Community Center and the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale.
Sweeney is described as six-feet-three-inches tall, 165-pounds, with green eyes and blond hair. According to James, he was living in Silverdale prior to his arrest.
Sweeney is currently being held under $25,000 bail. His trial is scheduled for June 28, and his next court date is an omnibus hearing May 26.
According to state law, 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 for noncompliance.