Ex-officer found guilty of lesser sexual imposition, not guilty of assault

Posted at 6:04 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 18:01:27-04

BATAVIA, Ohio -- After two days of deliberations, Clermont County jurors found a former Miami Township police officer accused of groping and assaulting a woman during a ride-along last year guilty of three counts of lesser sexual imposition.

John Swing,  an 18-year veteran of the Miami Township force, was charged last year with sexual imposition and assault.

The jury found Swing not guilty of assault.

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The accuser was a 20-year-old woman in the department's explorer program. Prosecutors said she was in a ride-along with Swing when they began joking about who would win in a fight.

The woman said Swing took her to his basement and touched her intimately.

Swing has denied the allegations and said he wanted a trial to prove his innocence. The trial has lasted nearly two weeks and jurors spent two days deliberating the case.