Former Utah police officer charged with voyeurism and exploitation of a minor

He was fired by the Weber County Sheriff’s Office after his arrest for allegedly recording a young girl in a bathroom.

A former officer with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with allegedly planting a camera in a bathroom to record naked images of a young girl.

Marc Ray Swain, 47, was charged in 2nd District Court with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree felonies; and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of voyeurism of a minor, third-degree felonies. He was arrested in January after a nearly seven-month investigation by police.

According to a probable cause statement, the girl reported that she found what she believed was a recording device in a bathroom. Swain allegedly said at the time that he had accidentally dropped a flash drive, but the girl said she had seen it in the bathroom on two separate occasions, “partially hidden in various positions.” The third time, it was behind a hairbrush “facing directly toward where she would have been undressing.”

Swain was arrested on Jan. 27. According to police, he told detectives “he knew he had made a poor decision” and “admitted that there were three separate occasions [when] he strategically placed the recording device in the bathroom to watch [the girl] shower.”

He added that he “had seen a lot of negative things and that was a causal factor in his behavior;” the statement does not elaborate on what he was referring to having seen.

When he was arrested, Swain was a Weber-Metro crime scene investigator. He was placed on leave, and has since been fired. In January, Swain was booked into the Davis County jail and released on his own recognizance. His first court appearance is scheduled for April 16.