Athens man found with missing Mississippi girl released from jail

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An Athens man charged with first-degree sexual abuse after authorities announced he was found with a missing Mississippi girl has been released from prison.

Online court documents show Anthonie Dakota Swallow, 25, was arrested on August 29 on East Limestone Road after authorities responded to a disturbance call.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says Swallow was the one who called them and told them he picked up a hitchhiker in Mississippi and drove her home.

Deputies say the ‘hitchhiker’ was later identified as a missing 16-year-old girl from Mississippi.

Investigators say the couple met on Discord, a social platform with the ability to have private chats or group chats, and had been talking for months.

Anthonie Swallow (Limestone County Sheriff’s Office)

A statement from the sheriff’s office says Swallow drove to the girl’s home in Mississippi, picked her up, and drove her to his home in Limestone County.

Swallow was charged with electronic solicitation of a child and first-degree sexual abuse. He is being held in the Limestone County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation will continue into the incident and further charges may be added.

Swallow was released from prison on August 31.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 20 and court documents show that Swallow’s defense has requested access to all evidence scheduled for trial, including dash cam video and camera video. the night of his arrest.


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