Purdy man charged in child sex case
33-year-old facing 4 felonies, 5 misdemeanors
A 33-year-old Purdy man is facing four felonies and five misdemeanors involving sexual contact with a minor and possession of drugs.
The charges against Nathaniel Swafford Jr., 33, of Purdy, include rape and sodomy. According to a statement from Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe, Patrolman Russ Nichols was dispatched to Cedar Towers Apartments on May 23 in reference to a report of a child assault.
A witness at the scene stated she had gone outside to smoke a cigarette and overheard a conversation between the alleged suspect and the victim. The child was reported as saying, "No, please don't," and, "No, it hurts."
The witness also reported observing the suspect through a window sitting on the couch with a young child. She reported Swafford's pants were open and he was touching the child.
Nichols contacted Swafford, but he refused to answer questions and refused to allow Nichols to speak to the children in the apartment. Nichols also smelled marijuana emanating from the residence, at which time, the suspect allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana in the presence of the children.
Nichols requested an investigator from the Missouri Department of Family Services Children's Division question the children.
The victim reportedly told the investigator Swafford had forced her to perform oral sex on him and he performed deviant sexual acts on her. Three children at the residence were placed into the custody of family members.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Nichols, Swafford allegedly was in the possession of several ziplock bags containing marijuana. A glass pipe and the bags of marijuana were allegedly within easy reach of the children.
Swafford reportedly admitted to Nichols there was a container of plastic baggies labeled as medical marijuana, which also held baggies of THC-infused candies and snack crackers. The marijuana, as well as a glass pipe, were on a table and in reach of the children.
"All of these items are suspected of being transported through the United States Postal Service from a relative who resides in Washington state, where such things are not illegal," Lowe said.
Swafford has been charged with first-degree statutory rape, an unclassified felony; first-degree statutory sodomy, an unclassified felony; first-degree child molestation, a class B felony; incest, a class D felony; possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, class A misdemeanors.
He is being held in the Barry County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled for a disposition hearing on June 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.
It is the policy of the Cassville Democrat to not release the names of minors involved in such incidents.