INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A former Delaware County sheriff who had more than 60 child-pornography videos on his home computer was sentenced yesterday to more than six months in jail.

Joseph Swett, 43, of Linwood, will serve at least six and up to 23 months in jail, followed by four years' probation.

He must also participate in a sexual-offenders program, forfeit his computers and firearms, and register with the state under Megan's Law for 10 years. Swett was sentenced by Commons Pleas Judge Joseph P. Cronin Jr.

Swett pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to possession of child pornography and other related charges.

According to court documents, police served a search warrant at Swett's home on June 1, 2005, and discovered the videos and photos on two hard drives. Swett was living in Boothwyn at the time.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph J. Brielmann said the images were of "sexual acts involving infant and minor" children.

"This wasn't an accidental thing that ended up on his computer that he didn't know how to delete," said Brielmann.

Swett contended that an acquaintance who helped set up the computers had access to folders where the pornography was stored. "He has breached the pubic trust," said Brielmann, referring to Swett's job as a county sheriff. Before becoming a sheriff, Swett held various positions in the county government including supervising youths at the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center, in the Domestic Relations Office and Legal Audio Visual Department. Swett resigned from the Sheriff's Department after his home was searched in 2005.

"To say this case has ruined my client's life is an understatement," said defense attorney C. Scott Shields.

Swett, who has been on home arrest since his plea, is the primary caretaker for his elderly mother. He was allowed to remain free until next Monday so he can make arrangements for her care.

Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149 or mschaefer@phillynews.com.