Grantsville man pleads guilty in sexually abusing several children, sentenced to decades in prison

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Police describe Mark Swan as a 'serial abuser' who constitutes a 'substantial danger'

Photo: Tooele County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE (12/12/2019) – A Grantsville man charged with sexually abusing multiple children over several years has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to spend decades in prison.

According to court documents, Mark Andrew Swan, 48, was in court on Tuesday where he pleaded to eight first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse, one second-degree felony count of sexual abuse of a child and two third-degree felony counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child.

On Wednesday, the Tooele County Attorney posted a statement:

As previously reported in the news, the Tooele County Attorney’s Office has been prosecuting Mark Swan for numerous incidents of child sex abuse involving six victims. On December 10, 2019, Mr. Swan pled guilty to eight first degree felonies with each carrying a sentence of 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison. In addition, he pled guilty to three other felonies. Mr. Swan elected to be sentenced immediately and he was sent to the Utah State Prison. According the Judge Bates, the sentencing guidelines indicate that Mr. Swan won’t be eligible for parole for at least 39 years.

Deputy County Attorney Rob Clegg did a terrific job in handling this complicated and difficult case involving many child victims and their families. These young victims were courageous in telling their stories of abuse and confronting their abuser. The Grantsville Police Department and the Children’s Justice Center did a great job in developing the evidence needed to obtain these convictions. Although it is a relief that Mr. Swan will never be able harm another child, he has left a wide path of destruction in the lives of these children and families. These young victims and their families will continue to need our community’s support.

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Grantsville man facing dozens of child sex abuse charges is now facing additional charges after a 12-year-old recently came forward and told police they too were one of his victims.

According to charges filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court in Tooele, prosecutors added two additional charges of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child to Mark Swan’s long list of crimes committed against children over the last several years.

The new charges come as a result of the victim telling authorities that Swan would force them into his bedroom and force their clothes off, and sexually assault them.

In all, Swan has been charged with 26 felony counts with victims ranging in age from 7-13, who all identified Swan as a man who tried to make them touch him inappropriately as well as several instances where he is reported to have raped one of his victims multiple times.

According to a probable cause statement, the case unfolded after a parent contacted police about a man inappropriately touching their children.

During a search at Swan’s home, detectives found “multiple items the victims mentioned during their disclosures.”

Swan was arrested in July and booked into the Tooele County Jail on multiple counts including sexual abuse of a child, lewdness involving a child, rape of a child, sodomy of a child, and sexual exploitation of a minor.

In August, and while still in the Tooele County Detention Center, Swan apparently took justice into his own hands with a shocking and brutal form of self-punishment.

“We had an inmate (Mark Swan) who self-mutilated themselves on Sunday, August 25th with a secreted razor, ” said Jail Commander Lieutenant Ray Clinton of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office in a statement. “The inmate received treatment for his wounds at a local hospital and has returned to the Tooele County Detention Center.”

Lt. Clinton did not elaborate on Swan’s self-inflicted injuries citing HIPAA laws but two sources told ABC4 News that Swan castrated himself in his cell.


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