Former Loudoun volunteer paramedic sentenced for sex offenses

A former Loudoun volunteer paramedic has been sentenced to three years in jail for sex offenses involving a child.

Timothy Metrus Ward, 32, volunteered as a paramedic with the Sterling and Hamilton Rescue Squads. Beginning in February 2015, Ward began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Sterling Rescue Squad volunteer.

Later in 2015, he sent multiple, sexually-explicit text messages to a 17-year-old volunteer, proposing sexual acts with her.

He plead guilty to the offenses in November 2015.

Ward testified at his own sentencing hearing, saying "I did something that I shouldn't have done" and "I took advantage of my position." Ward went on to say "I was fully aware of the victims' ages."

A judge told Ward that, "when it really counted, when you really had the opportunity to protect those that were vulnerable, you only thought of yourself."

Following his jail time, Ward will be under supervised probation for one year. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.