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Tapes may lead to more charges against ex-Clearwater fire chief, FDLE says

CLEARWATER — Former Clearwater fire Chief Jamie Geer might have kept "souvenirs" of sexual acts with his underage victim, authorities say.

And those souvenirs — 11 videotapes — might lead to additional charges, according to a search warrant filed Dec. 22.

Geer, 56, was arrested Dec. 13 on a charge of capital sexual battery.

The tapes, according to investigators, might provide evidence of other crimes, including possession of child pornography, lewd and lascivious molestation and lewd and lascivious battery, according to an affidavit for the search warrant.

The girl, now 17, told authorities that Jamie Geer had made her dress up in lingerie and perform sexual acts as he videotaped her.

On Dec. 20, investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed the search warrant to obtain 11 video cassettes found in a Publix wine bag in the trunk of Geer's city-issued Crown Victoria.

The warrant was executed at the Clearwater Police Department because the 8 mm tapes were stored in the property and evidence room there. Police had previously transported Geer's car to an impound lot.

The city's fire chief since 2004, Geer was fired after officials learned he was accused of sexually abusing the girl for several years. Authorities, who are not identifying the girl, say the abuse started when she was 8 or 9.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Geer was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail in protective custody at the Pinellas County Jail.

The FDLE is not commenting about what they found on the tapes.

"We're reviewing all the evidence from the search warrant, but, at this time, we cannot discuss what we have found due to the ongoing status of this investigation," FDLE spokesman Keith Kameg said Wednesday.

The girl told authorities she had been videotaped wearing bubble gum pink and black lingerie. After an encounter, Geer placed the black lingerie in the brief case that he took to work, she said.

She also told authorities that in 2008, she walked in on Geer, who appeared to be masturbating while watching an image of her wearing black lingerie on the TV screen, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also revealed some details about previous tapes and investigator's theories about Geer's criminal profile.

The investigators classified Geer as a "preferential sex offender," an individual who has a sexual preference for children. They said those individuals enjoy viewing children in sexual activity and that items such as videotapes become "personal souvenirs" for them.

They also indicated that content on other videotapes found at Geer's Dunedin home appeared to have been taped over. One of the investigators reviewed three tapes found during a search of Geer's home on Dec. 13. There was a brief image of what appeared to be a woman wearing black lingerie at the beginning of one of the tapes. Two others had no pornographic content, the affidavit said.

Lorri Helfand can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4155.

Tapes may lead to more charges against ex-Clearwater fire chief, FDLE says 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 8:13pm]
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