WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The former executive director of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) has pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting sex with a 12-year-old.
Scott Richard Swirling was charged earlier this year after he engaged in online conversations with a man who claimed to be offering his 12-year-old daughter for sex. In fact, Swirling was speaking with an undercover D.C. police officer.
During conversations with the man, Swirling had expressed concerns about a possible police sting, and had asked for a photograph of the girl with the date on it. When he received a photo of his purported victim, he replied, “You are definitely a cutie.”
When he arrived at the arranged meeting place, however, he was arrested.
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Swirling was charged with travelling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He reportedly reached a plea deal. The terms of that deal have not been released.
After Swirling’s arrest, Lila Rose, the president of the pro-life group Live Action, had said that Swirlings actions point to the connection between abortion and the exploitation of minors.
Rose’s group has conducted several undercover sting operations in which they found that abortion workers were willing to arrange illegal abortions to cover up sexual crimes.
“The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), Planned Parenthood, and other pro-abortion organizations have demonstrated their complicity with child sexual abuse and should be investigated, not funded by hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars,” said Rose. “Live Action calls for investigative action and the immediate and total removal of government funds from all abortion industry initiatives.”
Swirling had served as the head of the NFPRHA for 10 years, from 1981 to 1991. He has also served as head of the American School Counselor Association, and in recent years has been running a construction-management business.