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November 6, 2013

Sexual assault with child case over

Intense trial involved a Brownsboro man who allegedly victimized family children

Athens — Late on Saturday afternoon, on the sixth day of an intense trial, Christopher Swofford, 33, of Brownsboro, was convicted of the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a 7-year-old family member. 

The verdict was delivered from the bench by Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd Judicial District Court, after an emotional hour-and-a-half of closing arguments. 

Swofford was also convicted of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact and Indecency with a Child by Exposure.

Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney’s Office.

The trial began on Monday, Oct. 28, and involved testimony from Swofford’s wife, Sasha, who had previously been convicted in June by a Henderson County jury for acts arising out of the same events.

Throughout the week, Weiner and Rumar presented evidence collected from an investigation by Henderson County Sheriff’s Investigators Jessica Halbert and Nick Webb. 

The court observed extremely disturbing evidence throughout the entirety of the trial. This included four hours of homemade pornography in which Swofford discussed sexual offenses with the young children while engaging in sadomasochistic acts with his wife. 

Ultimately, it was the testimony of the 7-year-old victim that graphically described the offenses committed by the Swoffords which also involved another younger 5-year-old family member. 

In closing arguments, Weiner said, “Justice calls for a guilty verdict in all counts of this case. It is up to this court to protect this child and shelter her from her own family member who committed these deplorable acts.”

Rumar followed up, refuting Swofford’s claim that talking about having sexual contact with the children was the product of a sexual fantasy. 

“In this instance, it is very clear that Swofford’s sick fantasies became a reality as evidenced by this courageous little girl’s testimony,” Rumar said.

Punishment will be assessed by Judge Moore on Jan. 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. following a punishment hearing.

“In all my years as a prosecutor, this case is one of the most disturbing and wicked I have ever worked on,” McKee said. “It took a real toll on all those involved.” 

McKee credited the work of Investigators Jessica Halbert and Nick Webb for their efforts in bringing the Swoffords to justice. 

McKee personally thanked Sheriff Ray Nutt and his commitment and tough stance on crimes against children. 

 

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