Man accused in child molestation, mother's assault

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Darren John Sweetland, a 36-year-old phone technician, was arrested at 1:50 p.m. Saturday for suspicion of felony sexual assault of a minor under the age of 14, felony assault with a deadly weapon, gross misdemeanor false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery.

According to the police report, a deputy was called to Carson-Tahoe Hospital where he found both victims.

The child told the officer the man, who is known to the family, forced

himself on her Friday night while her mother slept on the couch.

Hours later, when the mother awakened, the child told her what happened.

When the mother confronted the man, the report states, he threw her onto

the bed, pinned her with his knees "then put a knife to her throat (and)

told her he would kill her."

Sweetland was arrested the following day at Telegraph and Nevada streets.

His bail is set at $275,605.


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