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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: May 20, 2011







Ex-rescue squad worker sentenced to 10 years for sex assaults


Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that the former deputy chief of the South Plainfield Rescue Squad was sentenced today to serve 10 years at the state Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center for sex offenders in Avenel for sexually assaulting two males in separate incidents.


Ronald Sward (DOB 12/25/63) of Matis Street in South Plainfield must serve at least five years before he can be eligible for parole under the terms of the sentence handed down today in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus.


The judge also ordered the ex-squad worker to register as a sex offender under Meganís Law. Following his release from custody, Sward will be placed on parole supervision for life.


Sward was sentenced after he pleaded guilty on February 7, 2011, to aggravated sexual assault, admitting he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy over an eight-year period, beginning in 2001.


Sward also pleaded guilty to official misconduct for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male on various occasions in South Plainfield and Woodbridge between January 2010 and May 2010.


Sward pleaded guilty under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua.


Sward was arrested on June 7, 2010, and was charged following an investigation by Detective Daryl Strother of the South Plainfield Police Department and Investigator Frank DiNinno of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.


Sward, who knew both of his victims, resigned on June 7, 2010, from his post as deputy chief.