The 42-year-old was working as a football coach at Coosa High School when he found himself arrested, charged with a conspiracy to possess narcotics and placed on administrative leave.
“It was a horrible two-year period,” he said. “I have gone through a lot. I lost my job, my teaching certificate, my son.”
According to Floyd County Jail records, Swantic was accused of setting up a deal to purchase hydrocodone pills from two Coosa High students.
Brittany Nicole Cook, 20, of Rome was also arrested and charged with felony distribution of narcotics at a school and felony transactions in drug-related use of a communications facility.
After a three-day trial in Floyd County Superior Court, Swantic was found not guilty in a directed verdict issued by
Judge Jack Niedrach on Wednesday. On Thursday, Cook was cleared of all three charges against her.
“I feel like justice was served,” Cook said.
Cook is now a nursing student at Georgia Highlands College. She said she wants to continue on track to become an anesthesiologist and wants to put the past two years behind her.
Swantic said the ruling restored his belief in the judicial system.
He has already regained custody of his teenage son and hopes to regain his teaching certificate.
He said the accusations against him stemmed from claims made by a student who was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics.
The student told authorities that he got the pills from another student and was giving them to Swantic.
“As a teacher you put yourself in this position every day,” Swantic said.
Now, Swantic simply wants to get back to teaching.
“Where do I go from here to get back my reputation? I wasn’t guilty, and I want to teach again,” he said. “I don’t know where I would be if it hadn’t been for my friends and family who stood by me,” he said.