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Weber Co. Sheriff's Office investigator charged with voyeurism, sexual exploitation of minor

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 14:41:39-05

OGDEN, Utah — A crime scene investigator with the Weber County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday and charged on multiple counts of voyeurism and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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Marc Swain, 47, allegedly placed a recording device in the bathroom used by a 12-year-old female.

Because of the conflict of interest, the case was investigated by the Layton City Police Department. Officials say the girl told someone else about the camera after seeing a lens in various places around the bathroom.

When questioned by someone who knows the girl, Swain said the device was a flash drive he had accidentally left in the bathroom. But when Swain produced the flash drive that included a camera, there was no SD card inside.

The complaintant told police Swain had previously entered the bathroom and left before telling the girl to take a shower. She added that Swain had a pornography problem.

The girl says she noticed the flash drive with the camera in the bathroom on three occasions, each time in a position to see her in a period of undress.

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A search warrant was served at the Ogden home of Swain and various electronic devices were seized. Swain was arrested Wednesday and admitted to making a bad decision by placing the recording device in the bathroom.

Swain said he had been recording the girl the previous nine months and had obtained naked images of the minor, but "quickly deleted them" because he knew he was wrong.

Weber County Sheriff's Office authorities have placed Swain on administrative leave as an internal investigation continues.

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"We recognize the emotional impact on public trust which arises out of these circumstances. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office is committed to full cooperation with the investigating agency, ensuring due process, and maintaining public trust through transparency," said Sheriff Ryan Arbon.