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.