Swenson enters not guilty pleaELLSWORTH — With a new attorney by his side, a Hager City man pleaded not guilty Friday to 11 criminal counts that could put him behind bars the rest of his life.
By: Jen Cullen, The Republican Eagle
ELLSWORTH — With a new attorney by his side, a Hager City man pleaded not guilty Friday to 11 criminal counts that could put him behind bars the rest of his life.
Wade Swenson, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting and secretly videotaping family members. He was charged in October in Pierce County Circuit Court with multiple felonies — including second-degree sexual assault — in connection with the incidents.
If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 237 years behind bars and a $650,000 fine.
Swenson — who remains in jail on $75,000 bond — was arraigned on the charges during a hearing in front of Judge Robert Duvall, who also informed Swenson of his rights.
Police started investigating Swenson in 2008 after one of the women he allegedly assaulted came forward with video evidence, according to a criminal complaint filed in Pierce County court.
The videos show Swenson having sexual intercourse on multiple occasions with two of the alleged victims, one of whom was 15 at the time.
Other video shows an alleged third victim, who was babysitting his children at his house, naked in the bathtub.
The woman told authorities she did not know she was being videotaped.
Swenson's youngest alleged victim has since been charged with a crime for allegedly corresponding with Swenson and sending him sexual material while he sits behind bars at the Pierce County jail.
Christin Swenson, 18, has been charged with delivering illegal articles to an inmate, a felony punishable by more than three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She pleaded not guilty last month.
Swenson was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault, four counts of making a visual representation of nudity, sexual assault of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and invasion of privacy.