Son arrested for child molestation; father arrested for failing to report

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(Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says a Cottonwood man has been arrested for child molestation, and his father has been arrested for failing to report a crime.

On February 3, 2017, 18-year-old Christian Swank of Cottonwood was arrested on five counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor.

Swank was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and is being held without bond.

In late January of this year, deputies received information regarding sexual molestation allegations involving two victims, one under the age of 10 and the other under the age of 13.

Both victims are known to Swank. Investigators conducted forensic interviews with the victims and established probable cause that Swank was involved in sexual activity with each victim on several separate occasions in 2015 within Yavapai County.

As a result of the investigation, detectives located and arrested Swank following a traffic stop around 8 p.m. on February 2, 2017.

On February 8, 2017, as a result of the ongoing investigation involving Christian Swank, his father, 42-year-old Brandon Swank, was arrested on a charge of Failure to Report Child Abuse.

He was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center released on a $3,500 bond.

YCSO detectives discovered that during December of 2016, Brandon became aware of the alleged sexual abuse of a child by his son, Christian. Detectives discovered evidence Brandon chose not to report the crime to law enforcement and requested that family members also not report the crime.

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