Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon Nazarene University volleyball coach Paul Swanson, left, leaves the Knox County Common Pleas Court house on Thursday with his attorney John Spaulding. Swanson entered a plea of not guilty to one count of gross sexual imposition.

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University volleyball coach Paul Swanson entered a not guilty plea Thursday to a charge of gross sexual imposition.

Swanson, 67, appeared in Knox County Common Pleas Court for arraignment on the charge, a fourth-degree felony. Judge Richard Wetzel continued a recognizance bond previously set for Swanson in Mount Vernon Municipal Court that contains a no contact provision with the alleged victim.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Williams further asked that Swanson be placed on pre-trial release reporting with adult probation. Wetzel said he would not apply additional reporting conditions to the bond.

Swanson is charged with using an 88-year-old woman’s hand to touch his penis Sept. 21. The woman is a resident of a Mount Vernon nursing home and is incapacitated to the point that she could not consent or resist to the alleged sexual activity.

Swanson was viewed by at least three members of the nursing home staff via a video camera in the woman’s room, according to court records.

Swanson is currently on administrative leave from MVNU, where he is also a professor.

A trial schedule has not been set, as of press time.


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