Clever Man Sentenced in Child Molestation Case

James Swanson
James Swanson


by Tim Church


GALENA, Mo. – A man from Clever is sentenced to 12 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for first degree child molestation.

Stone County Prosecutor Matt Selby reports 46-year-old James Swanson was arrested and charged for sexually molesting an eight-year-old girl in December of last year.

Selby stated such a charge typically carries a sentence of five to 15 years, but his office agreed to offer a 12 year sentence if the defendant pled guilty to the charge.

Swanson accepted the offer and entered a guilty plea on March 8th.


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