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Inappropriate images lead to Phoenix man's arrest for sexual exploitation of minor

Posted: 10:47 AM, Jun 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-18 13:47:39-04
John Swofford

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man is behind bars after he admitted to sharing images depicting sexual exploitation of children.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted Phoenix Police Department about photos and videos showing sexual exploitation of minors in April 2019.

During the investigation, officials found photos and videos of multiple “very young female child victims” being sexually exploited and engaged in sexual acts with adult men and women.

Investigators linked the media to 37-year-old John Wesley Swofford.

Swofford reportedly told officials executing a search warrant that “I am guilty on my own” and that he had a problem. He said it was “fair to say” that images of children were sexually gratifying.

Swofford told officials he was “glad” and felt “relief” that officials searched the home.

Documents state that he had several online accounts that he used to share images of sexual exploitation of children with others.

More images were located on Swofford’s phones and on an SD card in his backpack.

He was transported to 4th Avenue Jail and booked into jail on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.