Tuesday, July 16

Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrests in Two Sex Crime Cases

ASHEBORO N.C. – The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in two separate cases after receiving information regarding allegations of sexual offenses involving minors.

On January 13th, 2023, the Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Detectives brought charges against Bernard Joseph McSweeney for four counts of felony disseminating obscenities.

On January 23, 2023, McSweeney was apprehended by the Criminal Apprehension Team on
Hewitt St. in Greensboro, NC.  He was transported to the Randolph County Jail and taken before
the magistrate who issued a secured bond in the amount of $ 25,000 and had a first appearance on
January 24th, 2023, in Randolph County District Court.

Bernard Joseph McSweeney

Bernard Joseph McSweeney

  • Felony disseminating obscenities (4 Counts)

$25,000 Secure Bond

In a seperate case, on January 24th, 2023, ICAC Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Falcaro Hooker. A search warrant was also obtained and subsequently executed at his residence for digital devices, which were located and seized.

Hooker was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Division and transported to the Randolph County Jail following an interview. The magistrate found probable cause for the charges of felony first degree exploitation of a minor, felony disseminating obscene material to a minor, felony indecent liberties with a minor, two counts of felony failure to notify online identifiers, and felony probation violation.

Hooker was being held without bond at the Randolph County Detention Center before his first appearance on January 25th, 2023, in Randolph County District Court.

Falcaro Hooker

  • First degree exploitation of a minor
  • Felony disseminating obscene material to a minor
  • Felony indecent liberties with a minor
  • Felony failure to notify online identifiers (x2 counts)
  • Felony probation violation

This investigation into Hooker by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing and officials say additional charges may be forthcoming.