Texas authorities travel to Colorado in polygamist probe
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) ” Texas authorities investigated a Colorado Springs woman’s possible connection to a Texas polygamist compound raided earlier this month, Colorado Springs police confirmed Friday.
A police spokesman said Texas Rangers were in Colorado on Wednesday as part of their investigation.
Rozita Swinton, 33, was arrested Wednesday by Colorado Springs police on a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to authorities. The arrest related to an incident that occurred in Colorado Springs in February.
Police spokesman Lt. Skip Arms confirmed in an e-mail that the Rangers were interested in Swinton.
“(Rangers) notified us that they were coming here for their investigation regarding her,” Arms said. “We then brought our case to conclusion by arresting her.”
Police said the Texas authorities left Colorado without filing their own charges against Swinton.
Swinton’s case has been sealed by a judge. Gail Warkentin, the chief deputy district attorney for the 4th Judicial District, said the judge’s name was not available because it is contained in the sealed documents.
Records show Swinton was arrested in 2005 for making a false report and obstructing police.
A Texas judge signed an emergency order earlier this month giving the state custody of 416 children living at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound after a 16-year-old girl called an abuse hot line in March claiming her husband, a 50-year-old member of the sect, beat and raped her. The girl has yet to be identified.
Colorado Springs police referred all other queries to Texas law enforcement.
“All I can say is they (Texas Rangers) have not made any arrests in connection with the FLDS warrant served in Texas,” said Lisa Block, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
A number listed for Swinton in Colorado Springs was disconnected.
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