For several days, Van Swol messaged an investigator with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, who Van Swol believed to be the 15-year-old girl.
During the messaging, which was through the anonymous social media smartphone application Whisper, Van Swol stated, among other things, he “liked younger girls;” he had concerns that a 15-year-old girl could “get me into a lot of trouble”; and he referenced specific sexual acts he wanted to do with the 15-year-old girl.
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On Monday, Van Swol arrived at the pre-determined location of a Mount Pleasant park to engage in sexual activity with the 15-year-old girl. Van Swol brought her lunch, and he had contraceptives on his person.
Instead of meeting his victim, Van Swol was met by law enforcement who arrested him and transported Van Swol to the Racine County Jail.
The Racine County Sheriff’s Office encourages parents monitor their children’s social media and other online activities, the RCSO stated in a news release. Parents should converse with their children about internet safety and how to ask an adult for help. Parents can visit missingkids.org/netsmartz/resources for age-appropriate PowerPoint presentations and videos reference starting meaningful conversations.
“Based upon their tireless efforts and investigative skills, the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI were able to arrest yet another sickening pedophile hoping to sexually abuse a child,” Sheriff Christopher Schmaling stated in the release. “The Sheriff’s Office will never waver in its duty to protect the community — especially children!”
Van Swol had his initial court appearance Thursday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m., Nov. 17, online court records show. His cash bond is set at $25,000.
Mugshots: Racine County criminal complaints, Nov. 8, 2022
Today’s mugshots: Nov. 8
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Coy A. Freeman
Coy A. Freeman, 2100 block of Layard Avenue, Racine, attempting to flee or elude an officer, possession with intent to deliver other schedule I controlled substances (between 10-50 grams), possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture THC (less than or equal to 200 grams, obstructing an officer.
Andrew B. Hamilton
Andrew B. Hamilton, Kansasville, Wisconsin, disorderly conduct.
Jesse E. Jones
Jesse E. Jones, 100 block of Main Street, Racine, attempting to flee or elude an officer, second degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of cocaine, obstructing an officer, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct.
Kristen N. Kennedy
Kristen N. Kennedy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, forgery, misdemeanor bail jumping.