Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd is famous for his crackdowns on child predators, especially those who try to lure children over the Internet. He added another child predator suspect to his list recently, when he arrested Sikes Elementary School principal Corey Lynn Swindler on charges of sexually assaulting a young girl. Sikes Elementary School is located in Lakeland, Florida.
The alleged victim is an eleven year old girl and the child of a family friend. It was reported that Swindler knew the child / family for about 10 years. Swindler allegedly began abusing the girl when she was only five years old. Swindler has been charged with one count of sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age and six counts of lewd molestation on a child less than 12 years of age; he reportedly confessed to the lewd molestation charges after being arrested, but not to sexual battery.
Police say they have no reason to suspect that Swindler abused any children at the school he was in charge of for the last three years. The school district has placed him on administrative leave.
Parents should be able to send their children off to school without worrying if the principal is a child molester. If guilty, Swindler has certainly broken the trust of the parents at his school. Swindler is entitled to his day in court, but if he is convicted of these crimes, parents can breathe a little easier knowing that he will never be able to work with children again. Read more about the charges at Polk principal arrested for sexual battery on a child.
If you suspect that your child has been the victim of sexual abuse, it is important that the incident is reported to law enforcement authorities so that a criminal investigation can be pursued. The best place for a child predator is behind bars and away from children.
Children have rights and civil causes of action to pursue for sexual abuse and assault. In addition to the predator, there may be others including private businesses and school districts that are responsible for the harm inflicted upon the child. A consultation with a Florida Child Injury Lawyer can help answer many legal questions involved in sexual assault / molestation cases.