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June 4, 2014

Elwood man arrested in Iowa on felony warrants

ANDERSON — An Elwood man was in the Madison County Jail on Wednesday after being arrested in Iowa on three felony warrants involving alleged sexual misconduct.

Rocky Lee Swift, 25, was arrested on charges of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor, both Class C felonies, and failure to register as a sex offender, a Class D felony.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said he is also looking to add another charge against Swift for being a repeat sex offender. That charge could add an additional 10 years to Swift's sentence if he is convicted.

In 2009, Swift was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor. He served one year in prison as part of a plea agreement.

The current molestation charge stems from an incident that reportedly occurred on May 31, 2011, but wasn't reported until December, 2013. The girl, who was 10 years old and living in Elwood at the time, didn't come forward about the incident with Swift until she was living in Tennessee. A probable cause affidavit claims Swift woke the girl up and forced her to touch him.

The sexual misconduct charge comes from an incident on Jan. 31, 2014. A 15-year-old girl claimed on three separate occasions an intoxicated Swift laid down with her while she was sleeping and began molesting her. A probable cause affidavit said Swift also sent inappropriate messages to the second victim via Facebook and text messages.

The arrest warrants were issued in March but authorities did not know where Swift was. On May 9, Swift was arrested by the Kossuth County Sheriff's Department in Iowa after a team of U.S. marshals tipped them off about Swift's whereabouts. It is unclear why Swift was in Iowa.

Cummings said because Swift has just been handed over to Madison County authorities, it could be awhile before he has a hearing.

"Nothing is scheduled with the court at this time," Cummings said.

The maximum sentence for a Class C felony conviction is eight years in prison. If convicted of all three charges and the new charge Cummings is going to add, Swift could be looking at a possible 28 years in prison.

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