FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2006
Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
SANTA ANA – A man who was out of custody after he was convicted in Arizona for molesting a 13-year-old girl plead guilty to one count of lewd acts upon a child under the age of fourteen in C36, Central Justice Center, in Santa Ana, before the Honorable Carla Singer. Edward Swanstrom, 49, of Pima County Arizona, who also goes by the name of Andrew Andersen, will be formally sentenced on July 21, 2006 and will receive 15 years to life in prison. He also admitted that he is a multiple child molester for his prior in
In July 2003, Swanstrom began writing to OC Jane Doe, 13, in an internet chat room. In September 2003, Swanstrom began speaking to OC Jane Doe on the phone. OC Jane Doe’s Mom overheard the conversation. When she became concerned that she was not talking to a teenage boy but a grown man, she contacted the Fullerton Police who investigated and called the defendant to tell him he was talking to a 13-year-old girl. Swanstrom claimed he did not know and pretended he would stop contacting her. Fullerton Police and the mom thought the situation was resolved.
On January 5, 2004, Swanstrom pled guilty to molesting a 13-year-old girl in
“I am very proud of OC Jane Doe’s friends. They found out she was seeing an older man and told the school. They not only prevented Jane Doe from being molested further, but they saved other little girls from being molested and hurt by the defendant,” stated Deputy District Attorney Kal Kaliban, of the Sexual Assaults Unit, who is prosecuting this case. The school officials called the police who arrested the defendant who was parked nearby. “He will serve his sentence in