Swaim's attorney wants all documents sealed in case

Swaim's attorney wants all documents sealed in case


The top commander at the California Highway Patrol Office in Winterhaven was back in court Monday.

The Imperial County District Attorney's Office is trying to have Lieutenant John Swaim's attorney, Bob Espinoza, recused from the case.

The D.A.'s office wants Espinoza off the case because there is a conflict in interest. News 13 learned several weeks ago, Espinoza is supposedly one of the recent female victims goddaughter.

During the hearing, a judge sealed parts of Espinoza's objection to the prosecutions motion. Espinoza tells News 13, he is also asking for all of the documents from here on out to be sealed.

Espinoza says he is going to continue to stand by his client.

A ruling is expected from the judge next week before a pre-trial hearing that is set.

CHP has placed Lt. Swaim on paid administrative leave in September, after allegations came out that two female victims came forward, saying he sexually molested them when they were juveniles nearly 10 years ago. 

Swaim is free on bond.

CHP is also conducting their own internal investigation.

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