Ex-Rescue Squad Worker Charged With Sex Assaults

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD — A former borough rescue squad worker has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two males in separate incidents, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Acting Chief Paul Brembt of the South Plainfield Police Department announced today.

Ronald Sward, 46, was arrested on June 7 and was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.

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Sward, who resigned on June 7 from his post as the deputy chief of the South Plainfield Rescue Squad, was charged after an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the South Plainfield Police Department determined he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy over an eight-year period, beginning in 2001.

An additional count of sexual assault was filed today against the defendant after the investigation by Detective Daryl Strother of the South Plainfield Police Department and Investigator Frank DiNinno of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Sward sexually assaulted a 17-year-old male on various occasions in South Plainfield and Woodbridge between January 2010 and May 2010, authorities said.

The investigation also determined that Seward knew both victims, according to officials.

Sward, who had been a member of the first aid squad for about 10 years, is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $325,000 bail, which was set by Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone.

The judge ruled the defendant must post the full amount before he can be released from custody, authorities said.

Officials are asking anyone with information on these, or similar, incidents  to call Detective Strother of the South Plainfield Police Department at 1-908-755-0700, or Investigator DiNinno of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office at 1-732-745-3600.


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