Crime

Juniata County man, 19, facing child sex offense charges

A Juniata County man is facing felony child sex abuse charges less than a month after an alleged incident.

State police at Lewistown began an investigation at 4:25 a.m. Oct. 22 when two troopers met at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital. One of the troopers had transported a 14-year-old boy to the hospital after he was located at a residence of West Main Street in Thompsontown.

The boy said he had performed sexual acts with Adam James Swisher, 19, at the home for several hours, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The home, troopers discovered, was Swisher’s residence.

Over the course of three interviews with the boy, troopers determined that Swisher had given the younger teen alcoholic beverages before coercing him into a variety of sexual acts for more than two hours.

Swisher was charged with felony indecent deviant sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old, felony unlawful contact with a minor, felony statutory sexual assault, felony aggravated indecent assault, felony corruption of minors and misdemeanor indecent assault.

Swisher was unable to post $50,000 bail set by Juniata County District Judge Barbara Lyter. He was taken to Mifflin County Prison.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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