First court appearance for ex-fire chief | News
Clearwater, Florida -- A day after his arrest for capital sexual battery, former Clearwater Fire Chief Jamie Geer, 56, made his first court appearance.
"It's really sickening to think of the fact that you have an individual that's my age who is having sexual contact with someone as young as 8 to 11 years of age," says Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Jim Madden.
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The FDLE began investigating Geer back in August, after receiving a tip that he was involved in sexual relations with a minor.
"The victim is now 17. For the last nine years of her life, she's been subjected to various forms of sexual assault by an individual who's in excess of 50 years of age," Madden says.
According to public records, Geer is recently divorced and had two step-daughters. FDLE officials say he had numerous encounters with the victim over a nine-year period that started when she was 8 years old. His arrest has left city officials in a state of shock.
"I was shocked, absolutely, nobody conceived of something like this, and it's a very sad day, obviously, because lives are being ruined," says Clearwater mayor Frank Hibbard.
Clearwater officials immediately fired Geer after his arrest and named Deputy Fire Chief Robert Weiss as the interim Fire chief.
"I'm very comfortable with him and I believe the line staff is, as well. Our main objective is to make sure the citizens of Clearwater have the best fire rescue in the county and in the state," Hibbard says.
FDLE officials say Geer denied the allegations when he was first questioned in November and they are investigating to if other minors were sexually battered by Geer. A judge refused to lower his bail from a half million dollars.