Accused child sex offender reportedly castrates himself in jail

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TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC News) — An accused child rapist locked up at the Tooele County Detention Center apparently took justice into his own hands with a shocking and brutal form of self-punishment.

48-year-old Mark Swan is currently locked up at the Tooele County Detention Center in Utah, facing 24 charges of child sex abuse involving five different victims and apparently on Sunday he decided to take justice into his own hands.

Swan is accused of committing horrific acts on children under 13 including seven counts of sodomy, five counts of object rape and two counts of rape  plus two counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

Jail Commander Lieutenant Ray Clinton of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office released a statement reading in part:

“We had an inmate (Mark Swan) who self mutilated themselves on Sunday August 25th with a secreted razor. The inmate received treatment for his wounds at a local hospital and has returned to the Tooele County Detention Center.” Lt. Clinton did not elaborate on Swan’s self-inflicted injuries citing HIPAA laws but two sources told ABC4 News that Swan castrated himself in his cell.

Tooele County Prosecutor Robert Clegg said. Swan’s injuries have no bearing on his legal case and that he was able to attend a scheduling hearing on Tuesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 10th.

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