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Search warrant: Stabbing victim was accused last year of raping attacker’s girlfriend

Woman who accused stabbing victim of rape speaks out

Terra Johnson says she was raped by Paul Sweitzer in 2010. Sweitzer was stabbed Tuesday by Jason Seibel, whose wife also says Sweitzer raped her.
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Terra Johnson says she was raped by Paul Sweitzer in 2010. Sweitzer was stabbed Tuesday by Jason Seibel, whose wife also says Sweitzer raped her.

The man accused of trying to kill Paul M. Sweitzer, of Fairview Heights, on Tuesday is the boyfriend of a woman who had accused Sweitzer of raping her in 2015, according to court documents.

Jason P. Seibel, 31, was charged Wednesday with one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery after allegedly stabbing Sweitzer.

Sweitzer is listed as the victim in those charges. The rape allegation is contained in a search warrant filed last year by Swansea Police after the woman called police. Sweitzer was not charged with rape.

Seibel is being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

According to a search warrant filed in St. Clair County Court and Swansea police report, on July 2, 2015, Seibel’s girlfriend, who is not being named consistent with the BND’s policy not to identify persons claiming to be a victim of a sex crime, told police that Seibel and Sweitzer, who were friends, met her at her job. Sweitzer and Seibel had a couple of drinks, then they all went to Seibel’s home.

The woman went to sleep in a bedroom at Seibel’s home in the 1600 block of Shobert Drive in Swansea when a man she thought was Seibel got into bed with her and began kissing her, fondling her, performing oral sex on her, then having intercourse with her. About 10 minutes into the act, the 29-year-old woman realized the man was not her boyfriend, but Sweitzer, and told him to stop.

“Upon realizing the man having sex with (the victim) was Sweitzer and not Seibel, (the victim) screamed and hit Sweitzer. (The victim) ran out of the house,” Swansea Detective Peter Wszalek stated in an affidavit.

Sweitzer tried to talk to the victim and Seibel, her boyfriend, before the police arrived.

“Sweitzer called Seibel and repeatedly apologized for the incident, claiming at one point that Sweitzer believed he was in his own house having sex with his significant other,” Wszalek stated.

Seibel was pacing and upset when police arrived, according to a police report.

“I don’t understand how you don’t know who you are having sex with,” Seibel told Sgt. Matt Blomberg.

Prosecutors declined to charge Sweitzer.

“The police reports speak for themselves,” St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said

A judge ordered Sweitzer to give a DNA sample. He showed up at the Swansea Police Department on July 10 with Michael Meddes, his lawyer, police reports stated.

That was not the first time Sweitzer was accused of rape with no charges filed, according to police records.

Madison County prosecutors declined rape charges when another woman accused him of raping her after following her to her trailer in Pontoon Beach in 2010. The woman told police that Sweitzer choked her until she was unconscious, then beat and raped her. She went to a hospital. She gave police the license plate number she took from his fleeing car.

No charges were issued.

A year later, the woman, Terra Johnson, saw Sweitzer’s name in the newspaper. He had been charged with the rape of a Collinsville woman. Johnson called the BND, gave up her anonymity and agreed to be interviewed.

“It would make him excited that I would bleed. It would make him laugh, like it was a thrill to him,” Johnson told a reporter.

Sweitzer would be charged in the second case, but he would not be convicted of rape.

The victim in the second case was an undocumented immigrant who didn’t speak English. Prosecutors said there were discrepancies in her testimony, but proceeded with the trial, trying to convince the jury the victim was confused, but telling the truth.

During the trial, prosecutors offered Sweitzer a chance to plead guilty to aggravated battery and serve 18 month of weekends in county jail. He took the deal.

The accusations against Sweitzer were detailed in the BND series “Violation of Trust.” The series reported that seven in 10 rape suspects are not charged or prosecuted in Southwestern Illinois.

Fairview Heights police did not immediately return calls for comment regarding the relationship between Seibel and Sweitzer and whether the 2015 rape accusation may have motivated the stabbing.

Sweitzer, 33, was doing yard work outside his home in the 200 block of Union Hill Road in Fairview Heights on Tuesday about 9:30 p.m. when he was allegedly approached by Seibel, who stabbed him repeatedly in the neck, chest and shoulder.

A neighbor drove Sweitzer to the hospital. He was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where he was in stable condition.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer