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article imagePhone Number in Polygamist Case Linked to Rozita Swinton

By Johnny Simpson     Apr 24, 2008 in Crime
An arrest warrant affidavit made public today says a phone number Rozita Swinton had used previously was used to call a Texas crisis center before authorities conducted the YFZ raid and removed more than 400 children. Swinton's whereabouts are unknown.
In a new report from the Rocky Mountain News, a recently released court document says a phone number used to report alleged abuse at a polygamist retreat in Texas had been used previously by the 33-year-old Colorado woman:
Also, growing evidence indicates Swinton repeatedly made calls to authorities in multiple jurisdictions, setting off large emergency responses that sometimes involved dozens of police officers.
Two Texas Rangers were with Colorado officials when they searched Swinton's home. Texas authorities said the search turned up several items suggesting a possible connection between Swinton and calls regarding compounds in Texas and Arizona owned by the Mormon sect, called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The items weren't identified.
The document released today shows Swinton had an extensive record in Colorado Springs of posing as a troubled teen and making false claims. The affidavit connects Swinton to several reports that alerted Colorado Springs officials.
The document links Swinton to calls made throughout October from a "Dana Anderson." The caller claimed to be a young woman being abused by her pastor at Colorado Springs' New Life Church, and later as a 13-year-old student at Liberty High School who said she was being drugged and sexually abused by her father.
In February, a woman calling herself "Jennifer" called 911 from a prepaid Tracfone, claiming that her father had locked her in her basement for days, the document said.
Officers linked the calls to Swinton in March.
Texas Ranger Brooks Long asked about two telephone numbers, both with Colorado Springs area codes. One of the phone numbers, the document says, "was possibly related to the reporting party for the YFZ Ranch incident," and was one of the numbers police had connected to Swinton.
While Colorado Springs Police did not file for an arrest warrant until three days after hearing from Texas, Swinton was arrested April 16 in connection with the February call.
It has been previously reported that the 'Sarah' calls still kept coming in long after the YFZ raid in Texas.
In June 2005, Castle Rock police arrested Swinton after she posed as the teen mother of a newborn and told an adoption agency and police she was considering suicide and leaving the baby at a fire station, Castle Rock police Sgt. Scott Claton said.
Authorities charged her with filing a false police report. She is currently serving a one-year deferred sentence in that case.
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