CHP: Former Lt. Swaim no longer with California Highway Patrol

CHP: Former Lt. Swaim no longer with California Highway Patrol

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A California Highway Patrol Lieutenant accused of sexual misconduct is no longer a part of the agency.

California Highway Patrol officials have confirmed that former Lieutenant John Swaim is no longer with California Highway Patrol.

Sergeant Steven Lopez, with the Border's Division in San Diego, says as of December 21, 2011 Swaim is not associated with the agency.

CHP launched an internal investigation late last year but Sergeant Lopez declined to comment on the nature of it.

He says it's against the Peace Officer's Bill of Rights to release any information.

But Sergeant Lopez says CHP takes misconduct very seriously.

"The CHP wants to always ensure the public that it takes any allegations of misconduct by employees with the up most seriousness," said Sergeant Lopez. "We, the California Highway Patrol, actively investigated the matter."

Swaim is facing several charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.

He was in court on Tuesday in El Centro where a judge asked his attorney and the prosecution for additional information on a recusal motion.

Former Lieutenant Swaim will be back in court in two weeks.

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