Former Missoula Deputy pleads guilty to charges for sexual incident with teen


MISSOULA, Mont. - A former Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy pleaded guilty to charges for a sexual incident with a teen.

Larry Mitchell Schwindt was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor that began over a year ago.

NBC Montana reported early this year when Schwindt was fired from the Sheriff's Department after an administrative investigation concluded.

In Missoula County Justice Court Tuesday, Schwindt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and attempted unlawful transactions with children.

The documents say in January 2013 parents of a 17-year-old boy reported to the Sheriff's Department that their son had been having a sexual relationship with the deputy.

The affidavit goes on to say the parents said the evidence of the relationship was found in Facebook chats and messages between their son and Schwindt.

The boy told detectives he met Schwindt through a Craigslist personal post by a female named 'Sarah' who promised to have a sexual relationship with him if he first met Schwindt for a sexual encounter. 

Court documents go on to say the boy and Schwindt met in the spring of 2012 in a parking lot, where Schwindt performed oral sex on the boy.

Detectives say Schwindt admitted to the sexual relationship when they interviewed him about the alleged incident. They say Schwindt also admitted to creating the alter ego 'Sarah.'

The Missoula County Attorney's Office agreed to a six-month suspended sentence, but County Attorney Fred VanValkenburg told Schwindt if he violates the conditions of release, he won't hesitate ask for a warrant and jail time.

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