The New York State Thruway Patrol has charged a three-star colonel in the New York State Police with assaulting an 11-year-old girl he took home from a sleepover last year.
Colonel Robert McSwain was arrested on charges of rape, sexual abuse, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The alleged victim was 11 years old at the time of the incident, and McSwain allegedly pulled the girl into a bedroom and sexually assaulted her.
The girl reportedly told her parents immediately after the incident, and they then called the state police, prompting the investigation.
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McSwain is currently in a Rappahannock County jail, and remains free on $150,000 bail. He’s being represented by representatives from the New York State Patrol Attorneys Office.
If convicted, McSwain could face a sentence of at least 15 years in prison.
Editor’s Note: As previously mentioned, a “Defense of Shield” defense is being filed on his behalf by the New York State Police Attorneys Office.
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