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Cloquet police arrest Missouri fugitive charged with 50 sex crimes


Police in Cloquet arrested one of Missouri's most wanted men Wednesday.

James Michael Swett, who is charged with 50 sex crimes, was apprehended while walking near Pinehurst Park, Cloquet police said in a statement.

Darrin Berg, the detective who made the arrest, tells Kansas City's Fox 4 Swett was walking with his wife and two children. Police say Swett was arrested without incident and is being held without bond in the Carlton County jail pending extradition to Andrew County, Missouri, which is in the northwest corner of the state.

Authorities there put Swett on their most wanted list in June. New charges against him at that time brought the total to 50, including 14 counts of child molestation.

The sheriff's department believed even then that Swett had left the area, St. Joe channel reported.

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Cloquet police say they were alerted by Andrew County that Swett might be in the area. Detective Berg tells Fox 4 Swett had been living in Cloquet since Aug. 2 after learning of an available apartment from someone in Superior, Wisconsin. Swett had also lived in Tennessee and Iowa since leaving Missouri, Berg says.

In addition to the 14 counts of child molestation, Swett faces five counts of sodomy, three counts of sex abuse, and 14 counts each of statutory sodomy and forcible sodomy.

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