Man accused of luring girls on Facebook

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Updated: 7/29/2013 9:30 am Published: 6/01/2010 1:42 pm

A Broken Arrow man accused of grooming underage girls on social networking sites is caught again.

Tulsa Police arrested John David Swyden, 21, for Second-Degree Rape, Forcible Sodomy and Lewd Molestation.

Police say the girls ages twelve and fourteen were living in Tulsa.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford explains why police are concerned Swyden might have other victims in the area.

Here’s why police say you don’t want 21-year-old John Swyden on Facebook or Myspace.

"I believe he told the girls that he was 18," says Tulsa Police Sex Crimes Detective Marnie Waller.

He also knew how to turn on the charm for underage girls.

"’Oh you're pretty, I want to be your friend’” says Waller. “These kids are so easy to click that "Accept" button."

Police say Swyden would troll the girls “friends” list for other underage girls.

"Once he befriended them he just kept the conversation going over and over until they finally sneaked out and met this guy," says Waller.

Police say Swyden assaulted the 12-year-old girl and raped the 14-year-old girl in his pick-up truck in a Midtown Elementary school parking lot.

"You didn't know this guy, he could have killed you. 'I never thought about it' was both of their answers,” says Waller.

Fortunately, one of the girl’s Facebook accounts was still logged on and the father saw it on the computer.

“He saw some chat between the two and some saw some concern and came to us," says Waller.

That’s when Tulsa Police discovered Swyden was out on bond in a pending case in Creek County for two Counts of First-Degree Rape, two counts of Forcible Sodomy and one count of Distributing Obscene Material to a 13-year-old girl he met on Myspace.

Police say Swyden told them he didn’t find out how old the girl was until their first sexual encounter. Police say Swyden told them he didn’t think anything was wrong with sending naked pictures via cell phone, sexting or having sex with the underage girl.

Swyden thought it was consensual but police say it was forced.

Tulsa police say these threats on Facebook and any other social networking site are real and your children’s lives are at stake.

"Would you let your child talk to someone they don't know on the phone? Why would you let them talk to someone they don't know on the internet," says Waller.

There is software to help protect and monitor your child’s online activity.

Parents are recommended to talk with their children about these situations and always know what your child is doing and who they are talking to online. 

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Mayor Maynot - 7/26/2013 7:26 PM
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Slimjim. That's an old chant. Sounds good buuuuut... Nowadays they have their own prison colonies. It's just a step to the left.

t town253 - 7/26/2013 5:48 PM
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Tulsagrl1980....any sexual contact with a minor under 18 is considered unconsensual regardless if the girls begged for it. Do some research of the law and statistics before you jump on here and type so carelessly my dear.

tap in bogey - 6/2/2010 8:53 PM
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This is a case of inexperienced decision makers using extremely poor judgment and paying a dear price – fortunately they didn’t lose their live. The parents do have the responsibility of protecting their children, but the crime is the result of a charlatan posing as their peer - DUH. Good parents cannot always control the decisions their children make. Good kids don’t always listen to their parents. The only thing I can truly ascertain from this story is that THAT guy is a criminal and unfortunately he didn’t have a problem finding victims. It’s a wakeup call to all those people that believe all people are decent.

slimjim - 6/2/2010 4:15 PM
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You're right esposadenacho, I agree with your post.

esposadenacho - 6/2/2010 1:18 PM
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Where did you get the idea that it was "obviously consensual"? Read the story again: "Police say it was forced." Just because they agreed to meet with him doesn't mean they planned to have sex with him. Perhaps they should have let the guy rape them and said nothing, huh tulsagrl? And maybe all other victims of molestation and incest & other sex crimes should never speak up too? Because in your words they would just be trying to get the attacker in trouble. How ignorant.

kindagreywolf - 6/2/2010 2:17 AM
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I partly agree with Tulsagrl. Yes, this guy is a sick S.O.B. Should we charge the kids? Only if they lie in court. Should we charge the parents? YES! They endangered there children's lives buy not properly monitoring them and are just to stupid to pick up a newspaper to see that this is an issue.

esposadenacho - 6/1/2010 9:57 PM
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Are you stupid tulsagrl? Do you not understand that this monster has done this BEFORE? Do you understand that having sex with children is bad? This guy is an adult who raped and assaulted these girls in the elementary parking lot!! He has done the same to other minors as well. He lied about his age. Who knows what other lies he told those girls?

tulsagrl1980 - 6/1/2010 9:42 PM
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There are two sides to every story. Sorry someone has daughters they can't control. This takes two, and while it was wrong, it's also wrong for the girls to get no punishment and then accuse him of rape when it was obviously consensual and any decent girl would have deleted any kind of "luring" they received, not go have sex with the guy then get him in trouble.

mayflower08 - 6/1/2010 7:57 PM
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you are a very disturbed individual lacking what it means to be a real gentleman.(Ha ha)Somewhere you have always lack. Probally with women and work and personal relationships that the truth!

slimjim - 6/1/2010 6:02 PM
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And even if they are caught, some liberal judge gives them a slap on the hand and PROBATION and away they go. Until the day comes that there is some fear of the penalty for commiting a crime, crime will be rampant.
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