Grantsville man now faces 26 felony charges after new alleged child victim comes forward

Mark A. Swan. Photo: Tooele County

GRANTSVILLE, Utah, Nov. 7, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Grantsville man is facing two new felony charges, bringing his total to 26, after a juvenile came forward to report sexual abuse.

Mark Andrew Swan, 48, now faces two new charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, in the case filed Wednesday.

The victim, whose gender was not revealed in charging documents, reported the abuse in an Oct. 16, 2019, interview with officials. The date assigned to the offense in court papers is Oct. 6, 2013.

“During the interview, the reporting party indicated that, beginning when they were 12 years old, the defendant began touching him/her,” says a probable cause statement filed by an officer of the Grantsville Police Department.

The statement says Swan would force the victim into his bedroom, then tell the child to disrobe. If the child refused, Swan would become angry and force the child’s clothing off, the statement says.

The naked child would then be groped, forced to climb onto the defendant, and subjected to the defendant rubbing his organs against the child’s leg, the statement says.

Swan held a “special position of trust” over the victim, the statement says.

The new charges add to the total faced by Swan. On July 22 and 26 of this year, he was charged with:

  • Two counts of rape of a child, a first-degree felony
  • Five counts of object rape of a child, a first-degree felony
  • Seven counts of sodomy of a child, a first-degree felony
  • Two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony
  • Two counts of aggravated kidnapping of a child, a first-degree felony
  • Three counts of sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony
  • Three counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child, a third-degree felony

The alleged victims in the case filed in July were girls, ages 7 and 11, and a boy, 13. Swan was a neighbor and a friend of the family, the probable cause statement says.

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