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MCSO detention officer arrested on child molestation charges

Chad Swiman (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detention officer has been arrested and charged with child molestation, the agency announced Tuesday.

Chad Swiman was taken into custody Monday, accused by the adult son of a family friend of having molested him during childhood. The abuse is said to have occurred from 2009 to 2013.

Swiman was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

He faces three counts of molestation of a child and three counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Both charges are felonies.

“I cannot express enough how disturbing this is for me and our entire organization,” Sheriff Paul Penzone said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Every one of us at MCSO is bound with responsibility to protect and serve our community, especially those who are most vulnerable. This is another example that we will not overlook any misconduct regardless of the time frame of the occurrence,” he said.

No other information was immediately available.

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