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Trial pushed back for ex-counselor accused of sexual assault

Trial pushed back for ex-counselor accused of sexual assault

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BLOOMINGTON -- The trial date for a former Project Oz counselor accused of sexual assault was pushed back Thursday after prosecutors said potential evidence has been uncovered.

Frank McSwain Jr., 33, was charged in February 2008 with having a sexual relationship with a former Normal Community High School student he met while working as a youth advocate/liaison counselor at the school. The student was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged assault, according to charges.

Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman declined to disclose specifics of the material the state will turn over to defense lawyer Harvey Welch.

Judge Robert Freitag reluctantly agreed to cancel the March 8 trial date, reminding both lawyers that the case has been pending for more than two years.

On April 16 McSwain returns to court for a status hearing on the sexual assault case.

On the same date he also is scheduled to be sentenced for possession of child pornography. In January, a jury convicted McSwain of having pornographic photos of a second student on his home computer.

The photos were found by police during their investigation into the sexual assault accusations.

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