Figure in Polygamist Ranch Raid Due Back In Court

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A woman considered a person of interest in phone calls that may have triggered a raid on a Texas polygamist compound is returning to court in Colorado in an unrelated case.

This April 16, 2008 photo released by the El Paso County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office shows Rozita Swinton, 33, of Colorado Springs, Colo. A phone number used to allege child abuse at a Texas polygamist retreat had been used before by a Colorado woman, who's accused of making several false abuse claims in an unrelated case, according to an affidavit made public Wednesday, April 23, 2008. (AP Photo/El Paso County Sheriff's Office)

Castle Rock, Colo. (AP) A woman considered a person of interest in phone calls that may have triggered a raid on a Texas polygamist compound is returning to court in Colorado in an unrelated case.

Rozita Swinton faces a probation revocation hearing in Douglas County District Court Wednesday in connection with her 2007 guilty plea to a false reporting charge. She faces up to a year in jail.

Separately, Swinton faces another false reporting charge in El Paso County, Colo.

Authorities say a phone number linked to Swinton was used to make calls to a Texas crisis center that may have led authorities to raid a ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ near San Angelo.

Those calls are being investigated as a possible hoax.


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