Man pleads not guilty to burglary, sexual abuse in Westport

Robert James Swint

A Clatskanie man pleaded not guilty Monday after allegedly breaking into a Westport woman’s home and touching her inappropriately.

The woman was sleeping just before 3 a.m. on Dec. 29 when she allegedly woke up to a man choking her and sexually rubbing up against her. During the encounter, the man allegedly asked the woman if she wanted to see him naked.

Robert James Swint, 29, was later arrested in connection with the incident. The victim allegedly asked Swint to stay away a couple of months ago. After his arrest, he told a Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office deputy that he choked her to “help her sexually,” according to a police report.

Swint has been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, third-degree sexual abuse, strangulation, fourth-degree assault and first-degree criminal trespass.

Appearing via video at his arraignment Monday, Swint stated that his name was actually Jesus Alvarez and that he is 34 years old. When the arraignment concluded, he stood up and clapped his hands together twice before the video feed ended.

Swint has also been accused of second-degree theft and harassment after allegedly stealing a soda from West Mart Grocery in Westport in October.

Bail has been set at $75,000. Swint has been scheduled for an early resolution conference later this month.

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