CEDAR CITY — A Taylorsville man has been arrested and charged with five counts of sodomy of a child, first-degree felonies, and three counts of sexual abuse of a child, second-degree felonies, for multiple incidents involving a 13-year-old girl.
During an interview with police at his home, Joel Swindlehurst admitted to the abuse and gave police detailed information about the incidents, Detective D. Orton of the Cedar City Police Department said in a probable cause statement. The incidents allegedly began when Swindlehurst was 18 years old and ended when he was 19.
A forensic interview with the alleged child victim, conducted Aug. 17, 2014, at the Children’s Justice Center in Cedar City, also brought more details of the abuse to light, Orton said in the statement. The incidents are believed to have taken place in Cedar City between August 2013 and February 2014.
Swindlehurst was arrested and booked into the Iron County Jail on Sunday. He is currently being held on $30,000 bail.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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