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Horry County firefighter charged with sexual battery of a student

Horry County police arrested 31-year-old Matthew Jame Oswald in connection with sexual battery of a student, according to authorities.
Horry County police arrested 31-year-old Matthew Jame Oswald in connection with sexual battery of a student, according to authorities.

A 31-year-old man with Horry County Fire Rescue is charged with the sexual battery of a student.

Police arrested Matthew James Oswald, of Conway, Wednesday after a 17-year-old girl reported a “sexual incident” happened between September and October 2017, according to Horry County authorities.

Kelly Moore, Horry County spokeswoman, confirmed Oswald’s employment with Horry County Fire Rescue, and said his employment was terminated on Wednesday.

The narrative in the report is brief, but notes: “This occurred while the victim was enrolled as a student at which the defendant was acting in a teaching capacity.”

Lisa Bourcier, Horry County Schools spokeswoman, said Oswald is not a teacher or a volunteer with the school district.

It’s unclear what sort of school or teaching program the two were involved in at the time of the alleged incident.

“As a matter of course, Horry County does not offer commentary on ongoing criminal investigations,” Moore said by email.

Oswald was released from jail Thursday on a $10,000 bond, records show.

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