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Northwest Elementary custodian accused of sex with teen

Todd Swearingen

Todd Swearingen, 50

HUDSON — A custodian at a Pasco elementary school was arrested Monday after, deputies say, he had sex numerous times with a 14-year-old girl.

The girl told deputies that Todd Alan Swearingen, 50, who works at Northwest elementary School, had sex with her between 20 and 50 times during a three-week period in July, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report.

Most of the encounters happened at Swearingen's home where he would first ask her to smoke marijuana before engaging in sex acts.

Pasco School District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said the School Board will get a recommendation at a meeting Tuesday night to suspend Swearingen without pay. School district investigators will look at what evidence the Sheriff's Office has and decide whether to fire him. He has worked at the school since April of 2013.

Swearingen, of 11038 Tenoaks Drive, was arrested on a charge of sexual battery. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Monday with bail set at $50,000.

Northwest Elementary custodian accused of sex with teen 08/18/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:31am]
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