Teacher’s aide charged with drug offenses

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JANESVILLE — A Richardson School teacher’s aide in Beloit has been officially charged by the Rock County District Attorney’s Office for drug offenses, while charges related to exposing himself to a teenager are still pending.

Scott A. Swanson, 45, of Machesney Park, Illinois, was arrested March 13 in the parking lot of the school after it was alleged he exposed himself to a student with behavioral and mental health issues, according to Beloit police.

Authorities in the multi-agency investigation recommended Swanson face charges for lewd and lascivious behavior and exposing himself to a child. He is currently being held at the Rock County Jail in Janesville.

The DA’s office said the sex-related charges are “still pending,” and staff noted there was no timeline for when the additional charges could be officially filed.

A criminal complaint dated from Tuesday claim authorities searched Swanson’s 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and found “four gem bags” of methamphetamine.

The school issued a statement following Swanson’s arrest, noting safety was a top priority of the school and that the school monitors contact between clients and staff carefully.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are coordinating the investigation.

Richardson School is located in the former Burdge Elementary School at 321 Olympian Boulevard. It is a therapeutic day school for children with special needs. Public school districts in the area send students there if they have behavioral or other challenges. Oconomowoc Residential Programs Management opened the Richardson School in 2013.

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