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KPD: SW Va. man charged with statutory rape after having sex with teen at Kingsport Aquatic Center

June 11th, 2014 10:44 am by Nick Shepherd

KPD: SW Va. man charged with statutory rape after having sex with teen at Kingsport Aquatic Center

LARRY NICK SWIFT JR.

KINGSPORT — A Virginia man has been charged with statutory rape after having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the family restroom of the Kingsport Aquatic Center, according to the Kingsport Police Department.

Larry Nick Swift Jr., 28, 727 Dogwood Street, Weber City, Va., was arrested on June 10 and charged with one count of aggravated statutory rape.

According to the police department press release, a local teenager met a man on Facebook who identified himself as "Omaha Jackson," who was Swift. The pair entered into an online relationship and had several conversations. During those conversations, Swift found out the girl's age was 13, and she found out his age was 28, according to the press release.

The two continued their relationship and agreed to meet in person at the Kingsport Town Center on June 4. Once they met, the two planned to meet again at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, where police say they had mutually consensual sex in the family restroom.

In the state of Tennessee, aggravated statutory rape is the consensual, but unlawful, penetration of a victim who is at least 13 but less than 18 and the defendant is at least 10 years older. It is a class D felony.

The teenager revealed the incident to her mother the following day, June 6. The mother reported it to the KPD and Swift was taken into custody June 10 without incident.

Swift was arraigned on June 11 and is currently eligible for release pending a $7,500 bond. He is scheduled for his next court appearance on Sept. 25.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton stressed that all parents should talk with their children about the dangers of forming an online relationship.

"Sexual predators routinely utilize the Internet in general and social media specifically to meet their victims," he said in the news release. "No person, regardless of their age, should release personal information online to an unverified source. Furthermore, if a minor should meet someone online, they should never agree to meet the individual in person, especially without their parents' knowledge and consent."

Patton said, however, this situation was not random and at no point were any other individuals in any danger and both were truthful with each other about ages and engaged in an illegal act.

The Kingsport Aquatic Center issued the following statement.

"The Kingsport Aquatic Center is fully cooperating with the Kingsport Police Department's investigation of the June 5 incident, and any further inquiries should be directed to them.

The safety of our members, guests and employees is top priority at the Kingsport Aquatic Center."

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