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Subject of “A Current Affair” Story Arrested After Reporter is Punched

November 9, 1993

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) _ The subject of a story by the syndicated news magazine show ″A Current Affair″ was arrested after he punched a would-be interviewer in the jaw.

Roy Schwasinger is accused in a federal indictment of devising an elaborate scheme to exact revenge on judges and prosecutors who handle foreclosure and bankruptcy cases.

Schwasinger and others are accused of filing fraudulent liens, subpoenas and arrest warrants against court officials in an effort to recover some of their lost assets. Prosecutors say they charged farmers and ranchers as much as $300 each to learn the techniques at seminars.

When ″A Current Affair″ reporter William McGowan confronted Schwasinger outside the Larimer County Courthouse, Schwasinger said he couldn’t comment because he was under a gag order.

McGowan began walking with Schwasinger and continued to ask questions when Schwasinger hit him in the jaw. The incident was videotaped by the show’s cameraman.

Schwasinger was arrested Friday for investigation of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He was freed on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

Producers said they expect to air the report on Schwasinger within two weeks.

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