Man admits to sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl

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.

Joel Swindlehurst, of Taylorsville, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 7, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Joel Swindlehurst, of Taylorsville, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 7, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

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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  • Koolaid September 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Once again, should we ask about his worthiness and his mission performance? I wonder what Uncle Warren would tell him? You remember Warren, the guy that seemed untouchable until he and his followers went to Texas?

    • Farmer Brown September 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

      I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.

      • Koolaid September 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

        Bet he ain’t a bishop’s boy.

        • Anti-KOOLAID September 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

          Down South they have dry counties, the Baptist in the area will not allow alcohol to be consumed or sold in the county. Midwest Presbyterians will not allow dancing. Northeast have the Amish that will not use electricity or modern gadgets. So do you hate them also or are you a Bigot and Hate Monger toward just one religion.

          • Old Man September 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

            A bigot is a blinkered, narrow-minded person, usually also very intolerant and unable to see anyone else’s point of view. Oh Yea. Thats KOOLAID and BOBBER

          • Koolaid September 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

            In Utah Dixie, you find mormons secretly imbibing in alcoholic drinks, although the church frowns upon it as well as places restrictions on where businesses may or may not sell alcohol. The mormon controlled government does not allow dancing. Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but you find mormons shopping and causing others to work. In those places you mentioned, is there a double standard of punishment on those of the congregation versus those not of the congregation? And do those congregations segregate as the predominate congregation is said to do against non-members?

          • Joe September 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

            Koolaid, nobody is perfect, and everybody has their issues. Some people may choose to drink alcohol, smoke or shop on Sunday all the while still going to church. I don’t see this as hypocritical. This is exactly where I would hope all of us sinners would be. Yes, some people will judge others that do these things all the while they are doing the same. Obviously this is not right and is not condoned. The problem with all of your comments is you lump every single person who associates with the mormon church as a vile hypocrite, which isn’t usually the case. My hope is that all of us, whatever our short comings, are working to becoming a better person. I hope your striving for the same and look beyond your bitterness.

    • mesaman September 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      You need treatment, badly. You have this thing stuck in your cloaca and don’t seem to be able to dislodge it by whining.

  • bobber September 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Another round of sex crimes in Cedar…Anyone surprised?

    • Old Man September 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

    • Anti-BOBBER September 11, 2014 at 9:10 am

      You sound reasonable…..Time to up my medication.

  • proudtobeamerican September 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I don’t think our prison system is working. Nobody is scared of going to jail anymore. Nobody is getting the mental help they need. BRING OUT THE GIMP!

  • Richard September 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    He should have drove her another 30 miles south where this kind of activity is legal.

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