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Clarence Swegheimer mugshot

Life in prison for man who molested sisters, threatened to freeze cats

by Jody Jameson, Contributor

A Nevada man charged with six sexual abuse charges was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum punishment in Wichita County.

Clarence Homer Swegheimer, 58, of Dayton, Nevada, was found guilty on Tuesday on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and four counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, as reported by Dallas News.

Swegheimer received life sentences for the two sexual assault charges and 20 years each for the four indecency with a child charges. The judge hearing the case, Judge Charles Barnard of the 89th District Court, ordered Swegheimer to serve his sentences consecutively.

Swegheimer has been in the Wichita County Jail since he was booked in June 1, 2015.

The man molested two sisters he used to babysit. The eldest sister is now 18, and said that Swegheimer molested her when she was in the sixth and seventh grades. The man asked the girls to “put on a little fashion show” in their swimsuits, then he would touch them inappropriately.

The younger sister was abused since the first grade.

The third child he molested is a woman now in her late 40’s. Swegheimer abused her in 1984 when she was 14 years old. The woman told the court that Swegheimer would put her kitten in a freezer until she would finally comply, begging him to take her pet out.

She also said that her molester and a friend would assault her in the same room her mother was passed out in.

The girls he molested were told that no one would believe them if they told on him. One of the victims said in a victim statement that the man said he would hurt those she loved and make them disappear.

During sentencing, the judge told Swegheimer that he and the jury believed the victims.

[Feature Photo: Wichita PD]

Jody Jameson is up-and-coming journalist who's been featured in national news publications for her in-depth crime stories coverage. Her passion lies within helping women and children, in hopes of bringing awareness to abuse, exploitation, and rights violations. In her personal time, Jody has done summer volunteer work at The Boys and Girls Club, and worked as a peer assistant for PALS, a program that assists underprivileged kids. During her time in sorority, Kappa Kappa Gama, Jody volunteered in the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program, which raises money to supply books to children in need.