Arkansas man arrested on teen sex charges in Lake City

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.

An Arkansas man was arrested Wednesday night in Lake City on charges of sexually assaulting a Columbia County teenager.

Anthony Bryant Swanson, 42, was charged with sexual battery of a child age 17 or younger, Columbia County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Seifert reported in a news release.

Swanson was staying in the Piney Woods Lodge, a motel on U.S. 90 West. The victim’s father told deputies his daughter might have had sexual contact with Swanson, Seifert said.

Deputy Chad Guerry saw a man matching Swanson’s description walking a sidewalk near the hotel. Swanson ran when Guerry tried to stop him, but he was apprehended.

Seifert reported that Swanson admitted to deputies that he did have sexual contact with the girl, that he met her through a chat line and that he knew her age.

Swanson is a convicted sex offender in Arkansas, Seifert said.

-- Cindy Swirko

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