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Robert Timothy Swank, Sr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Monday, December 13, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 13, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, ROBERT TIMOTHY SWANK, SR., a 52-year-old resident of Crow Agency, pled guilty to abusive sexual contact. Sentencing has been set for March 3, 2011. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In the early morning hours of June 23, 2010, SWANK's wife contacted law enforcement agents in Crow Agency to report that her husband had sexually abused a female child (d/o/b -/-/02) at the couple's home. His wife reported that the child disclosed to her that SWANK had sexually abused her and she then called law enforcement. SWANK's wife had earlier found the child seated on SWANK's lap while watching television and it appeared that her pants were down. The child got off SWANK's lap and pulled up her pants, stating "Look [ ... ], my butt's wet." SWANK appeared to be adjusting his pants.

The child was interviewed several times and also was examined medically. She confirmed that SWANK had touched her vaginal area with his hands and penis on several occasions while she stayed at his home during the weekend of June 21-23, 2010. The medical evaluation found debris over the child's vulva and perineum and small superficial abrasions were observed in the child's rectum.

SWANK faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.



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