This former teacher will spend two years in prison for raping a student.
Corey Michael Sweat pled guilty to having sex with a student while he was a teacher at Chapel Hill High School in Douglas County, but Carroll County is where the sex took place; he would have her come to his home.
The crimes happened during the 2015-2016 school year. The local media outlet learned when rumors started to surface the pedophile simply got another job in another district and he taught there until he was indicted earlier this year. Following that visit- he resigned from that school as well.
“When the rumors and accusations started swirling, she initially denied it. She told me he made her appear to be a very crazy stalker person, again she was just victimized again,” said Assistant District Attorney Anne Allen.
Allen said shortly after the rumors started the sex criminal resigned and went to work at West Forsyth High School. But the rumors didn’t die. In October 2016, they came up again and a school resource officer notified the sheriff’s office. The student spoke with Sgt. Jesse Hambrick.
“During that interview she had information that would corroborate her story of what happened, nothing concrete but enough to have to continue the investigation,” said Sgt. Hambrick.
Once the sheriff’s office looked into it more, they learned the sex took place at the pedophile’s home in Carroll County and asked the sheriff’s office there to step in. Investigators said the child molester had sex with the student on more than five occasions.
“A lot of people the first thing they ask is was it consent or not consent. There is no consent that’s why the law is the way it in. Anytime someone has custodial authority over that other person, whether it be a jail setting, a teacher, someone who has authority over that person. There’s too much pressures, too many thing in play emotionally, that can’t be consensual situation,” said Allen.
The state wanted the sex terrorist to be sentenced to 20 years with 8 to serve, but instead a judge gave him 10 with 2 years to serve.
“Even though she was an older girl we know that at that age children don’t like their parents so much, they don’t trust their parents they rely on their teachers, respect their teachers and they see guidance, this man violated that,” said Allen.
Allen said she was disappointed that several educators spoke on the predator’s behalf, asking that he only receive probation.
The sex criminal will remain here in Carroll County until he is taken to a state prison.