Swaim's pre-trial hearing continued

Swaim's pre-trial hearing continued


EL CENTRO, CA - The former California Highway Patrol Lieutenant charged for having lewd actions with a couple of juveniles almost a decade ago was in court today.

John Swaim, accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, appeared at Imperial County Court this morning for a readiness conference as they prepare to go to trial.

Swaim was in court this morning with his attorney by his side.

A trial date was expected to be set, however; the pre-trial conference has been continued to June 19, 2012.

Swaim waived his right to a speedy trial.

Both the district attorney's office and Swaim's attorney, Bob Espinosa, agreed more investigation can be done before the next court date.

News 13 has been following this case after an Imperial County Sheriff's Office investigation revealed Swaim had sexual contact with two female minors.

Back in November 2011, Swaim surrendered himself and was charged for sexually molesting two minors nearly ten years ago.

He posted $100,000 one bond and has been out of custody ever since.

The Winterhaven CHP Office fired their highest commander a month after his arraignment.

CHP officials say they conducted their own investigation and decided to cut all ties with Swaim.

Since then, Swaim has been appearing in court hearings awaiting trial.

We'll be sure to keep following this case as the trial date will be coming up soon where his alleged victims are expected to take the stand.

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