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Judge refuses to lower $500,000 bail for former Clearwater fire chief

LARGO — A judge on Tuesday refused to lower the $500,000 bail for former Clearwater fire Chief Jamie Geer, who was arrested Monday and accused of sexually abusing a young girl.

The request to lower the bail came from lawyer Nat Kidder, who handled Geer's divorce and said he is discussing whether to represent Geer in the criminal case. Circuit Judge Henry Andringa said Geer could request a hearing in the future to argue that the bail be reduced.

"I think everyone concerned is dismayed," Kidder said after the hearing, when asked for his reaction to the charge against the former chief. "Like any citizen, he has the presumption of innocence."

He added: "I have not seen anything other than the basic paperwork. I don't know the quality of the state's evidence."

At the request of prosecutors, Andringa ordered Geer not to have any contact with the girl in the case. Geer is accused of sexually abusing her for years, starting when she was 8 or 9. She is now 17.

Judge refuses to lower $500,000 bail for former Clearwater fire chief 12/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 9:09am]
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