This morning Sikes Elementary Principal Corey Swindler was booked into the Polk County Jail on seven charges ranging from “Sexual battery” to “Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age.”
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office issued the following release:
38-year-old Corey Lynn Swindler, principal of Sikes Elementary School in Lakeland, has been arrested early this morning and charged with six counts of lewd molestation on a child less than 12 years of age and one count of sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age.
The charges are not related to a student at the school.
The specific charges were six counts of 800.04 (5b): “An offender 18 years of age or older who commits lewd or lascivious molestation against a victim less than 12 years of age commits a life felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082(3)(a)4.”
The seventh count was 794.011(2a) “(2)(a) A person 18 years of age or older who commits sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injures the sexual organs of, a person less than 12 years of age commits a capital felony, punishable as provided in ss. 775.082 and 921.141.”
Sikes Elementary is located at 2727 Shepherd Road in Lakeland. According to the school website, “Mr. Swindler is in his 4th year at Sikes Elementary” and has been an educator since 1998.
More information as it becomes available.
Update: At 11:41 am this morning the Polk County Sheriff’s Office released additional information.
The victim is 11 years-old. On Wednesday, she reported to her aunt that Swindler had been touching her inappropriately for years. The aunt contacted PCSO detectives who interviewed the victim, and a witness to one incident, at the Child Advocacy Center in Bartow. Based on the investigation and an interview with Swindlet, he was arrested. Details can be found in the PCSO arrest affidavit.
Swindler’s first appearance will take place on Friday, December 18th, at 1:00 p.m