Swaim appears in court for a hearing in connection with sexual

Swaim appears in court for a hearing in connection with sexual misconduct charges


The California Highway Patrol Lieutenant accused of sexual misconduct with minors nearly 10 years ago was in court today.

News 13 put in a request to videotape the hearing at the El Centro Courthouse but the judge denied it.

Lt. John Swaim, the highest commander at the CHP Office in Winterhaven, remains out of custody on $100,000 bond after he was arraigned last month.

During today's hearing, a motion recently filed by Swaim's attorney, Bob Espinoza, on having all documents sealed in this case was further discussed. The judge is said to make a decision on that at the end of the week.

Also, no ruling has been made by the judge on the prosecutor, Heather Trapnell's motion to have Espinoza removed from the case due to conflict of interest.

However, the judge did mention today in court that it was a good decision on Swaim's part that he's looking into other council.

Swaim will be back in court Friday.

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