Rapid City VFW post commander charged with enticing a minor

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Box Elder man with connections to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1273 in Rapid City appeared in federal court Wednesday, charged with enticing a minor over the internet.

Adam Swift, 30, of Box Elder was arrested March 24 at the Fox Den Store-It in Rapid City after allegedly trying to set up a sexual encounter with a minor. According to court documents and Swift’s Facebook profile, Swift is a manager of Fox Den Store-It in Summerset. Swift’s profile also says he is a Department Judge Advocate at the Department of South Dakota VFW and Post Commander of the VFW Post 1273 in Rapid City.

Sean Johnson, State Commander for the VFW, said in a statement to NewsCenter1, “the matter is under investigation by the VFW.” Johnson did not comment on Swift’s employment status.

The affidavit alleges an undercover FBI agent was communicating with Swift online through the messaging service, Kik. Swift is alleged to have sent pornographic videos through the messaging service. He is also accused of having sexually abused children in the past, claiming in messages to an undercover agent that his youngest victim was three years old.

Documents show both Swift and the agent agreed to meet at the storage facility’s Rapid City location on March 24 “to set up the specifics” of a sexual encounter planned for the following day. Swift was arrested and booked into the Pennington County Jail later that night.

On March 25, Swift appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann to hear the charge contained in the complaint. Swift entered a plea of non-guilty.

Wednesday afternoon, Swift appeared via video feed as a special agent with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation testified. Wollmann ordered Swift to remain behind bars.

The maximum penalty for enticing a minor over the internet is 15 years in federal prison.

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