Man caught in Flinn Middle School has prior convictions for child abduction, burglary


Todd Swanson
Todd Swanson

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

The 47-year-old Rockford man arrested earlier this month for allegedly harassing women and lurking in the halls of Flinn Middle School has prior convictions for child abduction and burglary.

Police say Todd F. Swanson was dressed in women’s clothing when he made vulgar comments to a woman and children Jan. 16. That same day, he was escorted off the property after staff found him wandering the halls of Flinn Middle School. 

Jan. 24, four days after he allegedly made offensive gestures to two other women, Swanson was arrested for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. He later posted bail.

While out on bond, Swanson was seen taking pictures of women inside dressing rooms at the Machesney Park Bergner’s, police said. Witnesses also reported seeing Swanson wearing women’s clothing inside Peak Fitness on East State Street. He was escorted off the property and arrested Feb. 14.

Swanson is currently being held on two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of trespassing. Bond has been set at $65,000.

According to court records, Swanson was convicted of child abduction in 1996. Records show that between 1996 and 2002, he was convicted of aggravated battery of a police officer, domestic battery and disorderly conduct.

In 2003, he was found guilty of burglary and sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

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