Missoula County sheriff fires deputy for alleged relationship with teenager

2013-01-11T06:00:00Z 2013-06-11T18:19:08Z Missoula County sheriff fires deputy for alleged relationship with teenagerBy GWEN FLORIO of the Missoulian missoulian.com
January 11, 2013 6:00 am  • 

A Missoula County sheriff’s deputy has been fired for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl, Sheriff Carl Ibsen announced Thursday.

The relationship between the girl and Deputy Larry Schwindt began when she was 16 and continued for nearly a year, according to Sheriff’s Detective Jason Johnson. Schwindt is 30, he said.

Schwindt had been with the department for a little more than two years, according to the news release issued by Ibsen.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting two investigations into the alleged relationship, Ibsen said. One is administrative, through the Professional Standards Division, while the other is being conducted through the Detective Division for potential criminal violations.

“He was terminated because of this conduct revealed (during) the investigation, not for criminal charges, which haven’t been filed,” Johnson said. “That investigation is in the beginning stages.”

Under Montana law, a person can be charged with sexual assault or sexual intercourse without consent when the alleged victim is under age 16, or the alleged offender is three years or more older.

The nature of the relationship between Schwindt and the girl was not specified, and Ibsen said additional information could not be released at this time so as to not compromise the investigations and to protect the victim’s identity.

Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com, or @CopsAndCourts.

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(23) Comments

  1. onetwopunch
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    onetwopunch - January 16, 2013 5:37 pm
    cops are people to, and NOT ABOVE THE LAW! FIRE HIM!!
  2. F Moh
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    F Moh - January 15, 2013 3:26 am
    I'm shocked! "Shocked!" I say. Teenage sex??

    Look folks - teenagers have been having sex since the dawn of man. If you don't want your little girl getting laid then teach her your own blend of morals and standards. It's called parenting. If you do a good job - it should stick. But by the time they are 16 or 17 - they know what is going on. They know all about the birds and the bees and if they decide to do it....well they are gonna do "IT". With or without your permission - or your laws.

    I see no indication of rape in this story. The cop did violate ethical standards of his job and got fired over it. OK. So scrape him off and move on. Another waste of my tax money.
  3. RHHS
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    RHHS - January 13, 2013 11:36 am
    Once again, thank you for jumping to conclusions and putting words in my mouth. No, I'm not saying it's the girls fault if they get raped. I'm saying that we need to teach our kids what is appropriate and not to cross the boundaries in the first place. Sorry, I'm a little old fashioned and I think kids these days have way to much freedom. They have no respect, and think everything should be given to them. I work at a bar and I have to watch a father who brings his 14 year old girl in with him. She flirts with all the older men, and wears skimpy clothes in the bar. It makes my customers so uncomfortable, and no matter how many times you talk to this girl ans what you tell her, she doesn't think she is doing anything wrong. Her father is at his wits end. He knows that she shouldn't be in the bar, but he also knows that she is going to try and keep coming in if she's not with him, so he comes in just to try and keep an eye on her. There is no way my parents would have allowed me to act like when I was 14.
  4. Willie
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    Willie - January 12, 2013 1:43 pm
    Looks like the Sheriff's Dept. is attempting to keep up with the MPD. Remember Jason Huntsinger the current owner of the Army Adventure Store.
  5. Ejace
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    Ejace - January 12, 2013 9:52 am
    Good riddance Deputy. If I pulled that sick stuff, MCSO or the MPD would be on me like white on rice, and actually there would be charges filed already. You got off easy Larry.
  6. hellgatenights
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    hellgatenights - January 11, 2013 8:27 pm
    what they (LGBT) want is legalizing man on boy, ready about it on the NAMBLA website. This is current practice in Afghanistan where young boys are taken to the back room all the time.
  7. loveymama
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    loveymama - January 11, 2013 7:51 pm
    So, RHHS, and Walter 12, it's okay to prey on little girls, and it's their own fault, because they dress and act like 25 year olds? He's a COP. Protect and serve, right? Regardless of what actually happened here, your ridiculous comments scream loud and clear about the kind of people you are. How about we our boys not to RAPE girls? Ever?
  8. lakeguy406
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    lakeguy406 - January 11, 2013 6:40 pm
    Just wow....
  9. MTDoc
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    MTDoc - January 11, 2013 4:13 pm
    SO if it was an underage boy and not a girl, its okay? Kind of propping up the right wing allegation that the LGBT community wants special rights not equal rights aren't you?
  10. RHHS
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    RHHS - January 11, 2013 2:10 pm

    Young girls also need to learn not to put themselves in certain situations. Why don't we start teaching these young girls how to act and what is appropriate. My mother would have kicked my butt if I dressed and acted like girls do now. I love going to the mall in Missoula and seeing 14 year old girls looking and acting like 25 year old women. Why don't we let our kids stay kids and quit letting them act beyond what their maturity levels are.

  11. RHHS
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    RHHS - January 11, 2013 2:07 pm

    At what point in the article did it state they had a sexually relationship?? It just says relationship. Way to jump to conclusions and start assuming things.

  12. RHHS
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    RHHS - January 11, 2013 2:05 pm

    It states it was an alleged relationship. So let's all jump to conclusion on what really happened. Also, I personally know Larry and I know some of the demons he has been dealing with. Thank you to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office for firing a GAY deputy. I thought Missoula was all about equality and understanding. We don't judge people on their race, religion, or sexual orientation. Well, isn't this just a slap in the face. Stay classy Missoula!!!

  13. dave ajou
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    dave ajou - January 11, 2013 12:05 pm
    troll
  14. Janice
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    Janice - January 11, 2013 7:29 am

    Don't you think a cop should be held to a higher standard? I agree in the real world, in some cases,the term statutory rape is used a bit to loosely (no pun intended) If the relationship is two years ongoing, then the fact is, an adult man...a cop...had something going with a 16 year old. I would be willing to bet sex started once she turned 16, but there was something going before that. The cop wasn't fired for a crime. He was fired because he doesn't uphold the professional standards of his job.

  15. lakeguy406
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    lakeguy406 - January 11, 2013 7:21 am

    Another of Missoula's finest ! Maybe, he can cell mate with the other worthless weirdo from the Missoula County Sheriff Dept. who takes pictures of kids and women dressing at a local swimming pool. Better hope nobody you know has to deal with ANY of this corrupt system. Right down to the County Attorneys office whom is being investigated for questionable practices, to say the least. Missoula has some serious problems........

  16. walter12
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    walter12 - January 11, 2013 7:13 am

    Of course it was wrong, of course it was stupid, and of course, the Deputy must be fired. But come on people, some 17 year old girls today look and act and behave like 27 year olds. Have you visited a (today's high school) in the past few years? Lust can be a very powerful desire, but he should have restrained himself, no matter what.

  17. payup
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    payup - January 10, 2013 9:35 pm
    More pathetic reporting by the Missoulian's crack staff. The information from the Sheriff's department specifically states that the nature of the relationship was not specified and while the readers could certainly draw their own conclusions (which may or may not be accurate) the reporter chose to insert a couple of sentences about who can be charged with rape under MT statute. Just enough to make it seem like this was an integral part of the story. While it ultimately may (or may not) be the reason for dismissal, the Missoulian has no right to prejudice readers by inserting this inflammatory remark. I don't argue that the officer should have exercised better judgement and that the whole thing is disturbing, but I want to know the accurate version of what happened, not some wannabe crime fighter pounding keys and sensationalizing the story.
  18. loveymama
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    loveymama - January 10, 2013 8:30 pm

    Anonymous...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? You are A CAVEMAN. This girl is a CHILD. How about we teach our "men" to STOP RAPING WOMEN? You are a COMPLETE IDIOT and I hope that when my daughter is a teenager she NEVER EVER runs into someone like you. You make me SICK.

  19. anonymous201288
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    anonymous201288 - January 10, 2013 7:33 pm
    Oh come on now ! Victim ??? Was she raped ? The Prison's are FULL of these young men whose lives are RUINED. People need to do some research and get their eyes opened and take a good look at ALL these VICTIMS ???. It's time they start a campaign to tone down the way these girl's dress, how they act, and and start making them take the responsibility for their part in these "situations." Oh I forgot, that Won't Ever Happen as long as the the people who build and operate these "for profit" have the most sought after Stocks on Wall Street. Don't believe it ? then research the BIGGEST Corporation who runs the most prison. And would you believe most are FOREIGN Owned.
  20. Aberdeen
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    Aberdeen - January 10, 2013 4:15 pm
    What position did this Deputy play on the UM Griz football team? Seems to be a pre-requisite statement when reporting about crimes in Missoula.
  21. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - January 10, 2013 3:59 pm
    Me too???
  22. MTNimrod
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    MTNimrod - January 10, 2013 3:39 pm
    A person in a position of authority and/or influence - like a school teacher or a sheriff's deputy - has additional restrictions concerning what constitutes a legally appropriate relationship.
    Also, depending on his own age and what the circumstances were (would have been nice to know) it demonstrates a lack of good judgment, good judgment being something that a sheriff's deputy needs to have in abundance.
  23. Bob
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    Bob - January 10, 2013 2:34 pm

    A relationship with a 17 year old is kinda freaky, but I thought stautory rape was 15 and under?

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