Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 23, 2019
Grantsville man in jail for alleged multiple sexual acts with children

Judge orders defendant to be held without bail because he poses risk to community and may flee from justice 

Mark A. Swan

Mark A. Swan

A Grantsville man is being held in the Tooele County Detention Center without bail while he awaits his first court appearance after being arrested for multiple charges of alleged incidents of child sexual abuse. 

Mark A. Swan, 48, was arrested Friday after the mother of three alleged victims contacted the Grantsville City Police Department and reported that a man in their neighborhood had “inappropriately touched their children,” according to a probable cause statement filed by Grantsville police.

The alleged victims range from 7 to 13 years old.

During a forensic interview the children reported that Swan had exposed his genitals and tried to get them to touch his genitals. One of the alleged victims reported they had been raped by Swan over a period of more than four years, with the last incident occurring two days ago, according to the probable cause statement.

Since the initial report, one additional child came forward and said that Swan has “inappropriately touched his privates,” according to the probable cause statement.

Third District Court Judge Matthew Bates ordered Swan to be held without bail, finding that “… Swan would constitute a substantial danger to other persons or to the community or is likely to flee the jurisdiction of the court if released on bail.”

The Tooele County Attorney’s Office filed a document with 3rd District Court on Monday stating that it believes Swan committed four counts of sodomy on a child, a first degree felony; four counts of object rape of a child, a first degree felony; two counts of aggravated kidnapping, a first degree felony; and three counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child, a third degree felony.


Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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