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Home intruder molested woman as she and husband slept, police say

November 2, 2011 |  1:25 pm

Christopher Schwanke booking photo
A parolee was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he broke into the home of an Anaheim couple on Halloween night and sexually assaulted the woman as she slept next to her husband.

The husband awoke and tackled Christopher David Schwanke, 35, according to an Orange County district attorney's report. The woman called 911 and her husband held Schwanke until sheriff's deputies arrived, the report says.

Schwanke has been to prison twice: in 2006 for petty theft with a prior and in 2007 for possession of methamphetamine, according to the report.

The Anaheim couple was handing out candy to trick-or-treaters Monday evening when they noticed Schwanke in the neighborhood and realized Schwanke had crashed a party at their home two weeks before, authorities said.

When the husband told him he had to leave the party, Schwanke dropped his pants and exposed himself to guests, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino told KTLA Channel 5.

Schwanke allegedly broke in to the couple's home at about 1 a.m. Tuesday as the couple slept. He is accused of molesting her while he was lying on the floor next to her. The woman awoke, initially thinking her husband was touching her, but then realized he was still asleep next to her in bed.

Schwanke, who lists his occupation as "telemarketer," was being held at Orange County Jail. Prosecutors were seeking bail of $1 million.


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Photo: Christopher David Schwanke. Credit: Orange County District Attorney's office.