Former Fire Chief accused of molestation takes the stand | News
Pinellas County, Florida - Jamie Geer perhaps had no choice, but to take the stand and defend himself. Already this week jurors had heard from his accuser and the girl's account was not pretty.
10 News is not identifying the girl, because the charges involve sex crimes.
Now 19, the girl told jurors how Geer started teaching her about sex at just age seven by exposing himself. And how later that progressed to a system of trades-gifts for various sex acts.
Jurors also heard an incriminating phone call between the girl and Geer that was taped by law enforcement. During that call, the girl talked about having sex with him and the former Clearwater Fire Chief did not deny it.
On Thursday afternoon, Geer tried to mitigate that testimony by giving another explanation for the accusations. He painted a conspiracy by disgruntled firefighters who wanted to ruin his career, the girl's mother who wanted money, and the girl herself.
Geer said the girl was "part of a scam", was being "manipulated by others", and that he made a conscious decision to not deny her accusations during the call. "I decided not to be confrontational, just talk," Geer told jurors.
But earlier in the day, an FDLE agent testified that Geer fits the profile of a "preferential sex offender"-a person who prefers having sex with children.
Another FDLE agent also said that videotapes found in Geer's home appeared to have portions taped over. The speculation is that that Geer covered up video of sex acts with the victim or child porn.
On Friday, attorneys will deliver closing arguments and the case will go to the jury. If convicted, Geer could get life in prison.