A former public high school teacher in Forsyth County will serve time in prison for a relationship he had with a student while he was teaching in Douglas County.
Corey Michael Sweat, 29, was sentenced in Carroll County Superior Court on Aug. 4 to 10 years, two of which he will serve detained and the remainder on probation, for sexual assault of a student after it was found he was in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl he taught at the time as a science teacher, according to officials.
He worked for the Douglas County School System from Aug. 5, 2013 to May 26, 2016, said Karen Stroud, community relations director for the district.
“He resigned at the end of the school year to accept a position in Forsyth County,” Stroud said. “Allegations against him came to light after he left the Douglas County School System, and school officials notified law enforcement upon receipt of the information and have cooperated fully with the investigation.”
Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for Forsyth County Schools, said Sweat taught science at West Forsyth High School from July 28, 2016 to Nov. 11, 2016, when he resigned.
“There is no record of complaints for the short time he worked here. He did pass the background check prior to hiring,” she said.
Sweat’s lawyer, Jason Swindle of Swindle Law Group PC, said the state asked the court to give him eight years in prison but that “the court found that justice would be served with a two-year prison sentence followed by probation.”
“Corey did not attempt to run away or avoid the situation he put himself in,” Swindle said. “Instead, he accepted responsibility for his crime, showed genuine remorse and asked God, the young girl and her family for forgiveness. He still prays for the people he hurt from his jail cell today.”
An investigation began in Oct. 2016 in Douglas County when a school resource officer received a complaint about a teacher having a relationship with one of his students, said Sgt. Jesse Hambrick, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
In talking with the girl, “she had substantial information that would somewhat corroborate her story about what was happening. It was actually happening at his home in Villa Rica, Georgia,” Hambrick said.
While the relationship may have been furthered verbally in Douglas County and in school, Hambrick said, “the actual sexual act took place in Carroll County.”
Hambrick said Sweat was also the teen’s soccer coach.
Sweat was originally arrested on Dec. 9, 2016, according to Capt. Jeff Richards, a spokesman for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, less than a month after he resigned from West.
Richards confirmed the agency was contacted by Douglas County and that “they would meet” in Villa Rica “and have sexual intercourse.”
He also said “sexually explicit photos on their phone were exchanged between the two.”