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Crime & Courts

LaSalle man charged with sexual abuse

Erik Swanson, 44, of LaSalle, is accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Erik Swanson, 44, of LaSalle, is accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

SHABBONA – A 44-year-old LaSalle man accused of sexually abusing a female family member five years ago is due in DeKalb County court Friday.

Erik D. Swanson, of the 1100 block of Marquette St., was charged with aggravated sexual criminal abuse, criminal sexual abuse and battery against a girl younger than 18, authorities said.

Police say a mother brought her child Nov. 30 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to report a sexual abuse that occurred when the family lived in Shabbona, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Swanson was arrested Saturday. Swanson was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail. If convicted of the most serious charge, Swanson would face up to seven years in prison.

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