Texas Law Enforcement Travels To Colo. in Polygamist Probe

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) Colorado Springs police say Texas Rangers traveled to the city because of a local woman's possible connection to an investigation of a Texas polygamist compound.

Lieutenant Skip Arms says 33-year-old Rozita Swinton was arrested in Colorado Springs on Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to authorities. The incident occurred in February.

Arms says the Texas rangers notified officials in Colorado Springs they were coming to the city as part of an investigation into the polygamist sect and into Swinton.

Arms says the rangers left wthout filing charges against Swinton.

Swinton's case has been sealed by a judge. No other details about the rangers' interest in Swinton are available.

Records show Swinton was arrested in 2005 for making a false report and obstructing police.

Authorities raided the Texas compound on April 3rd.

Since March 29th, Swinton has been talking to Flora Jessop, the executive director of the child protection project – a Phoenix-based organization that helps girls and women leaving the polygamous culture.

Agency Founder Linda Walker says Jessop is a former member of the FLDS church who recorded the calls and passed the information on to law enforcement.

Walker won't say if she and Jessop believe Swinton is tied to the Texas call that brought about the raid, but says most of the details she gave about FLDS culture and beliefs were accurate.


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