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Weber County sheriff’s CSI investigator arrested in voyeurism case

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Marc Ray Swain, 47, a Weber-Metro crime scene investigator, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, for investigation of three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of voyeurism committed against a child under the age of 14, and two counts of obstructing justice.

Weber County Sheriff’s Office

OGDEN — A member of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and accused of spying on a young girl.

Marc Ray Swain, 47, a Weber-Metro crime scene investigator, was booked into the Davis County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of voyeurism committed against a child under the age of 14, and two counts of obstructing justice.

The incidents date back to at least June, according to police. The investigation began Monday night when a girl found a recording device in her bathroom. The girl told her mother “that the item in the bathroom was a recording device, as (she) had seen the lens on the device. (She) said that she had seen the item in the bathroom before on two separate occasions, partially hidden in various positions in the bathroom,” according to a police booking affidavit.

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A Weber-Metro CSI vehicle is parked at a crime scene in Riverdale on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020.

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When confronted, Swain claimed it was a flash drive that he had accidentally dropped, the affidavit states. But the woman believed that based on the position of the device, “it could not have been an accident.”

Police were notified the next day by the mother who said Swain “had a pornography problem and after researching the device, she discovered that it was indeed a recording device,” the affidavit states.

Layton police were asked to conduct an investigation to avoid a conflict of interest. A search warrant was served on his home and several electronic devices were seized.

On Wednesday, Swain was arrested. After his arrest, Swain acknowledged “that he knew he had made a poor decision. Marc admitted that there were three separate occasions where he strategically placed the recording device in the bathroom. ... Marc stated he had seen a lot of negative things and that was a causal factor in his behavior,” according to the affidavit.

On Wednesday, the Weber County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying Swain had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal investigation as well as an internal investigation.

“We recognize the emotional impact on public trust which arises out of these circumstances. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office is committed to full cooperation with the investigating agency, ensuring due process, and maintaining public trust through transparency,“ Sheriff Ryan Arbon said.