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Calls from jail violate protective order, raise awareness of jail do-not-call list

Calls from jail violate protective order, raise awareness of jail do-not-call list



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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies are explaining how a man with a no-contact order against him could call his estranged girlfriend 45 times from the county jail.

Lt. Don Hutson says while all calls were tracked and monitored--and some were even made collect--it is up to the victim to ask to be placed on a jail "do-not-call" list.

"We contact the phone company if people want to be on the do-not-call list from the jail," Hutson told KSL Newsradio. "Anybody can be there and their phone will not ring."

Investigators say 23-year-old Vincent Swanson of West Valley made the 45 calls to his ex between July 23 and September 11. While several calls were made during the initial booking process, deputies say Swanson made additional calls and his victim accepted them.

Swanson has been awaiting trial on three separate domestic violence cases involving the same woman. He was charged with 45 new, class-A misdemeanors for violating a protective order.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

Andrew Adams

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