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Former Horry County firefighter arrested for sexual battery with a student

Matthew Oswald (J. Reuben Long Detention Center photo. WPDE background)

A former Horry County firefighter has been charged with sexual battery with a student.

Matthew James Oswald, 31, of Conway, was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, according to detention center records.

His arrest comes after, between September and October of 2017, a 17-year-old girl says a sexual incident took place between the two at a home on McCall Loop in the Conway section of Horry County, according to a police report.

The sexual incident happened "while the victim was enrolled as a student at which the defendant was acting in a teaching capacity," the report states.

ABC 15 checked with Horry County Schools on if the teaching capacity meant with the school district.

Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for the district, said Oswald was "not an employee or a volunteer with Horry County Schools.”

We have reached out to police and to the county for clarification on his "teaching capacity."

Oswald was one of several firefighters honored for saving a 1-year-old child who fell into a swimming pool.

His bond has been set at $10,000, according to the detention center.

Oswald was fired from the county effective the day of his arrest, Jan. 17., according to Horry County spokeswoman Kelly Moore.

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