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Texas tattoo artist gets 10 years for luring women with cheap prices, then raping them

Chapman Swindell of Garland has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Denton County.
Chapman Swindell of Garland has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Denton County.

A North Texas tattoo artist who lured women with cheap prices and then raped them has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Denton County.

The same tattoo artist went to trial in 2008 on sexual assault charges in Tarrant County, but that ended in a mistrial. He eventually pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

In a plea agreement reached with Denton prosecutors last week, Chapman Swindell, 38, of Garland, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault and one count of attempting to commit sexual assault. He was sentenced to 10 years on each count, to be served concurrently, according to Denton County criminal court records.

Swindell, who also has went by the names Chapman Fury and Eddie Bigbee, raped a Lewisville woman in September 2017, authorities said.

The Lewisville woman told investigators that a friend referred Swindell to her and she arranged to get a tattoo on Sept. 1, 2017, in Denton. Two other women also went for tattoos.

Swindell finished the tattoos on the two women, but told the Lewisville woman that he needed more time to finish hers, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Star-Telegram earlier this year. She drove him to her apartment on Sept. 2, 2017, to finish the tattoo.

As he drew on the back of her thighs, Swindell sexually assaulted her, according to the warrant. He raped her several times and forced her to perform sex acts on him, it said.

The woman said she went to the bathroom where she called a friend to come and get Swindell. The friend arrived and took Swindell back to Garland.

After a lengthy police investigation, Swindell was booked into jail on Jan. 27.

More than a dozen women contacted Lewisville police about Swindell resulting in four cases being filed against him.

The warrant stated that along with cheap prices Swindell offered narcotics such as PCP, hydrocodone and methamphetamine to render victims less likely to resist.

Swindell has a criminal history in Parker, Tarrant and Denton counties, according to court records.

He was convicted in Parker County for injury to a child. Details of that case were not available on Monday.

In the Tarrant County case, Swindell was investigated by North Richland HIlls police in February 2006 when two Dallas women reported they were raped at Mild II Wild Tattoos & Body Piercing, 5208 Rufe Snow Drive.

The women, a 20-year-old and a 22-year-old, told police they had gone to the shop together and asked for a tattoo. They were led to separate rooms, where they say they were sexually assaulted.

The women left the business and called North Richland Hills police.

While awaiting trial in Tarrant County, Swindell got 18 months’ probation and 80 hours of community service in May 2007 in Denton County for another sexual assault, according to Denton County criminal court records.

A mistrial was called by the judge in the Tarrant County case in 2008 after jurors could not reach a verdict.

Swindell later pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint in the Tarrant County case and got a probated sentence.

Swindell got six years in prison in 2011 for violating his probation, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. He was released on June 1, 2017, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records.

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the first anniversary of Molly Matheson's strangulation death, her parents announced Project Beloved: The Molly Jane Mission, a nonprofit geared toward helping victims of sexual violence.



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Star-Telegram breaking news reporter Domingo Ramirez Jr. has been in journalism for more than 35 years. It’s the job he has loved from day one.


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