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Father Says Sex Offender Who Assaulted Daughter Lives Too Close


Ben Phillipson told WOWT 6 News he was shocked to find out that Christopher Swanger, the man who sexually assaulted his daughter is living less than a mile away from her house.

"I was very angered when I walked out of that courtroom," said Phillipson, who expected Swanger to be in Council Bluffs because that is the address he gave in court during his sentencing. He quickly realized, however, that was not the case after checking the online Nebraska Sex Registry.

"To our surprise we found out there is not Council Bluffs address in there it’s an Omaha address … and not only is it an Omaha address but its .9 miles away from my daughter’s house," he said.

According to the State Probation Office, Swanger put in a request to move to Iowa, but it was denied. He is required to live in Nebraska, but Phillipson is wondering why he is living so close to the victim. Nebraska law allows for Douglas County to set boundaries on how close sex offenders are to schools and daycares. But there is no written law that requires him to be a certain distance from his victim’s house. Phillipson said he wants that changed.

"I think that this is completely unjust on my daughters behalf…my daughter is still very close to this monster," he stressed.

Earlier this week -- we tracked Swanger down - hoping to ask why he's so close. When we got to the address listed on the registry, we realized that address he registered with doesn’t exist. He was really located at a nearby residence on the same street, with a different number.

He told WOWT 6 News he made a clerical error while registering, and realized the error that day, before we showed up. He said he contacted the Sheriff’s Department to fix his registration to the correct address. Since we spoke with him, his address has been changed to the correct listing on the Nebraska registry. However, it is still incorrect on the Iowa registry.

"I just don't understand how a lot of this stuff could be over looked, I thought we were trying to make an impact on these criminals."

When we told Swanger's probation officer and supervisors at the State Probation Office just how close Swanger is living to his victim, they were completely shocked and said they had no idea. They said his probation officer would meet with him to discuss his choice of location.

"She {his daughter} has this emotional baggage she will carry with her the rest of her life and I would love to help her recovery but I don't see how any is possible with the current circumstances."


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