RACINE COUNTY — A Burlington man was being held in the Racine County Jail after discussing online he had sex with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Instead, his conversations were with an investigator from the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.
Chad J. Van Swol, 43, has been charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, a Class C felony. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 40 years in prison and a fine of $100,000.
The Criminal Complaint: Chad J. Van Swol
According to the criminal complaint, Van Swol used a computer to contact and converse with what he believed to be a 15-year-old woman between last Friday (4 November) and Monday (7 November). During the conversations, Van Swol described various sexual acts. The complaint said that during the communication, the sheriff’s office investigator made the comment “as long as it doesn’t freak you out that I’m 15.” Van Swol reportedly commented, “not at all I told you it’s really hot for me.”
On Monday, the two men agreed to meet at the Pike River Pathway near the 900 block of Oakes Road in the Village of Mount Pleasant. This is where Van Swol was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.
Prior to this conversation, they discussed using condoms and Van Swol mentioned stopping at Walmart to get condoms, according to the complaint. Van Swol had a condom in his possession when he was arrested.
The investigation that led to Van Swol’s arrest was conducted by the Racine County Bureau of Criminal Investigations in partnership with the Federal Bureau’s Milwaukee Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. of Investigation (FBI).
Van Swol made a first appearance Thursday afternoon in Racine County District Court, where cash bond was set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 17 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., Racine.
In a separate press release announcing the arrest, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office encourages parents to monitor their children’s social media and other online activities. Parents should talk to their children about internet safety and how to ask an adult for help. Visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children online for age-appropriate PowerPoint presentations and reference videos to start meaningful conversations.
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