Middleburg man charged with endangering welfare of children

BEAVER SPRINGS–Cody T. Swartz, 22, of Middleburg, was charged, Wednesday, with endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors, both felonies, for supplying cigarettes, drugs and alcohol to a minor, inflicting injury on the same juvenile with both a taser and his fists and exposing the child to sexual activities, court documents indicate.

The juvenile reported being tased on the thigh and shoulder blade by Swartz, when the juvenile was 12 years old, to Child Advocacy Center staff. The juvinile accuser also reported that Swartz would also use his fists to punch the juvenile’s arm until it bruised, in an effort to “toughen up” the accuser, court documents indicate.

The juvenile said Swartz had two tasers, one purple and one pink, according to court documents. The juvenile reportedly told CAC staff that Swartz threatened the accuser with serious bodily harm if the accuser told anyone about the beating or tasing.

Documents indicate that when the juvenile was 13 years old, Swartz reportedly removed the accuser’s underpants, touched the accuser’s backside and threatened to sexually assault the juvenile. Swartz also reportedly watched pornographic video footage with the accuser on at least one occasion and, on another occasion, reportedly asked the accuser to come into his bedroom while he and his girlfriend were engaged in sexual activity, court documents state.

Documents further indicate that Swartz provided the accuser with alcohol on 3 occasions and marijuana on at least 5 different occasions. Swartz also reportedly purchased cigarettes for the juvinile when the accuser was 13 years old. The accuser reported feeling impaired and vomitting from the alcohol. The accuser reported that Swartz took the juvenile to the bathroom and placed the juvenile in a cold shower in attempt to get the accuser sobered. According to court documents, the accuser had trouble breathing from the event and slept on the bathroom floor until the next morning.

Police reported interviewing Swartz who initially denied the use of the taser, but ultimately admitted to using it on the juvenile. Police obtained a search warrant and found a purple stun gun in the living room of Swartz’s residence, but were unable to locate the pink stun gun, court documents state.

Swartz was charged with a total of nine criminal counts and committed to Snyder County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $50,000 bail set by Magisterial District Judge Lori Hackenberg. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21.

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