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Man with history of distributing child pornography sentenced after breaching condition

May 22, 2014 - 1:26 PM

KAMLOOPS – A man convicted of sending child pornography to elementary schools got more time added to his sentence today for breaching a condition of his probation order.

Lowell Swetman, 49, was convicted of failing to comply with an order to stay away from children under the age of 16.

On June 5, 2013, RCMP received reports of a suspicious man who was shirtless and mumbling to himself as he wandered on the field of George Hilliard Elementary with children playing nearby. A witness recognized Swetman from news reports of his previous convictions and reported him to RCMP. Swetman was arrested and charged with breaching conditions imposed from a previous criminal conviction.

In December 2010, Swetman was convicted of mailing pornographic letters to elementary schools in winter of 2009. The letters contained crude drawings of men engaged in sex acts with young girls. Swetman also taped hand-drawn images of sex acts involving children on the windows of A.E. Perry Elementary School between 2007 and 2008.

The sentence from both charges was time served plus one day in jail and included a three-year probationary period which included the order that he stay away from kids.

Swetman’s lawyer Ken Tessovitch said Swetman complied with his court orders and did not directly interact with a child under the age of sixteen during the most recent incident.

When asked if he would like to make a statement, Swetman quietly mumbled he would “keep to [himself]” and would not contact anyone underage. His mother, in her eighties, attended court to support him.

“That’s a good plan,” Provincial Court Judge Christopher Cleaveley said.

Swetman was sentenced to serve three months under house arrest with a two year probation order. His terms are to report to his probation officer, reside at his mother’s house, abide by a 2 p.m. to 10 a.m. curfew, to have no contact with anyone under the age of 16, no internet access and to not possess pornography.

Once his sentenced is served, Swetman’s probation conditions will remain, but he will not have a curfew.

To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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