Dating a priest
As head pastor, Swearingen assumed the leadership role overseeing Visalia's four Catholic congregations, George Mc Cann School and the Bethlehem Center.
Over the next six years, he deposited more than 5,000 in parish cheques – including nearly ,000 in All Souls collections, which parishioners traditionally donate to honour deceased family and friends – into the account.
He withdrew ,000 in cash in Ocean City, authorities said, and spent about ,000 on men he met on the gay dating site Grindr.
None of the men with whom he had sex were parishioners, the archdiocese said.
Swearingen, who is currently fighting brain cancer, was accused in 2006 of molesting a teenage altar boy many years before the allegations surfaced.
No criminal charges were ever filed in that case, but a civil jury ruled that Swearingen did likely abuse the alleged victim but that the diocese did not have any prior knowledge of the incident.