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Investigation: Cop fired over sex charges lied, committed gross misconduct, violated public trust

John Swing (Provided by Miami Township police) John Swing (Provided by Miami Township police)
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A veteran police sergeant facing criminal charges for allegedly groping and attacking a 20-year-old woman in an Explorer program during a ride along was fired this week.

John Swing, 50, of Milford will appeal his termination from the Miami Township Police Department through his police union, said his lawyer, Joshua Engel.

"He believes these are unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations," Engel said

Police Chief Sue Madsen has said the township took the allegations seriously and is cooperating fully with the Clermont County Prosecutor's Office.

Swing is expected to plead not guilty when he makes his first court appearance Friday. He was indicted last week on three felony counts of gross sexual imposition and one misdemeanor assault charge.

The 18-year police veteran was given a summons to appear in court and was not physically arrested. 

Swing was put on paid administrative leave back in in April, when the allegations first surfaced.

He took the woman on an April 16 ride along.

She filed a complaint with township police a week later accusing him of attacking her when they went to his house on a break during the ride along, groping her inside his cruiser and then warning her not to tell anyone.

On Thursday, township officials released their complete investigative report on the case in response to a public records request from  FOX19 NOW.

The probe, documented over 32 pages, concluded that Swing lied to the township investigator, engaged in gross misconduct with the victim and overall violated the public trust and authority his position requires. 

The investigator specifically noted that Swing showed poor judgment by taking the victim into his basement alone when no one else was home.

Authorities seized Swing's cell phone and obtained text messages he exchanged with the victim and a second woman, a former police intern.

Authorities also found Swing, who is married, used his cell phone to have "inappropriate sexual conversations with other women." 

"Many of these took place while he was on duty, constituting additional misuse of township time and resources," the report reads. "He sent sexual text messages to (the former intern) and others. He touched (the former intern) in an inappropriate manner and suggested that job benefits, including a job reference, were contingent upon sexual conduct or sexual commentary."

What's more, Swing refused to meet with a criminal investigator, refused to allow the township investigator to test his carpet fibers at his house and resisted providing his cell phone records to the criminal investigator. 

"The investigation also revealed sufficient evidence to indicate other infractions not based on the original complaint," the township's investigator wrote.

Swing's lawyer notes the investigation describes the Explorer as immature and suggests that her description of what occurred raises questions.  

The report, he said, confirms videos taken of Swing and her during the ride along at a hotel and the police department are inconsistent with her story because they do not show someone who is distressed about what should be an emotionally troubling incident.

"As for Sgt. Swing, he certainly showed some poor judgment and bad taste in his text messages to other women," Engel said. "He accepted responsibility for this and he regrets this.  But that is a matter for the Swing family, not the criminal courts."

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