A former volunteer paramedic with the Sterling and Hamilton Rescue Squads has been sentenced to three years behind bars for sex offenses with two teenagers.
Timothy Metrus Ward, 32, was a supervisor and mentor for all the non-medically-certified volunteers working in the stations, including minor volunteers. Beginning in February 2015, he began engaging in a sexual relationship and sent sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old Sterling Rescue Squad volunteer.
Later in 2015, Ward was working as a lieutenant at the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad. He sent multiple text messages to a 17-year-old volunteer, proposing sexual acts with her.
Ward pleaded guilty to the offenses on Nov. 9, 2015.
He was sentenced in Loudoun County Circuit Court on two counts of indecent liberties with a child by custodian, one count of use of communication systems to facilitate certain offenses with children, and one count of use of communication systems to facilitate certain offenses with children, second offense.
Ward testified at his own sentencing hearing, saying, “I did something that I shouldn’t have done” and “I took advantage of my position.” He went on to say “I was fully aware of the victims’ ages.”
Before imposing a sentence, Judge Jeanette A. Irby reflected on how rescue squads and firehouses are considered “safe havens.” She addressed Ward directly, telling him that “when it really counted, when you really had the opportunity to protect those that were vulnerable, you only thought of yourself.”
Irby imposed an additional 14 years of suspended time. Upon his release, Ward will be placed on one year of supervised probation, followed by nine years of unsupervised probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Those on Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry can be found at sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov.