Prosecutors: 33-year-old McHenry man devoted website to 15-year-old
WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors say a 33-year-old former McHenry man created a website devoted to his underage lover, and on it, he documented intimate details of their relationship.
Alan Swierk was charged May 20 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham on Wednesday denied his request to lower his bond to $20,000. His charge is a Class 2 felony, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.
The website Swierk allegedly created details nearly every aspect of his relationship with the girl, who was 15 years old at the time the association started, prosecutors said at Wednesday’s bond hearing.
Swierk built the website “to express his love for [whom he called] the most amazing woman in the world, the minor victim,” Assistant State’s Attorney David Metnick said.
Swierk went into great detail about their relationship and posted pictures of the two, some he wrote were “erotic” or “hawt,” Metnick said, adding that one picture showed Swierk with red marks on his neck, believed to be hickeys, with the caption, “wowzers.” Swierk proposed marriage to the teenage girl, the prosecutor said.
McHenry police said a family member of the alleged victim notified authorities.
“He wasn’t the smartest individual, for sure,” McHenry Police Department Deputy Chief John Birk said. “That’s a good thing for us. It helped us identify him and keep him locked up a bit longer.”
Swierk’s attorney, Public Defender Rick Behoff, said none of the pictures show the two engaged in sexual activity.
At the time of his arrest on the sexual abuse charges, Swierk was on court supervision for a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge in which he allegedly displayed a knife at a drive-through window at an Island Lake Dunkin’ Donuts after someone called him a pedophile, Metnick said.
Swierk last was living at 1517 Ramble Road in McHenry, but he told Graham he would return to live with his wife and 6-year-old son in Brookfield if released on a lower bond.
Swierk remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. His next court date is June 6.