Volusia County Beach Patrol Officer pleads guilty to unlawful sex with a minor www.privateofficer.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.March 10 2012 – In a surprising turn of events, former Volusia County Beach Patrol Officer Robert Tameris pleaded no contest to two charges of unlawful sex with a minor.
A judge decided Tameris will spend 18 months in prison and will serve 4 years probation. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender.
“This plea happened because of the extensive investigation and prosecution by the State Attorneys Office in conjunction with FDLE and Volusia County authorities,” State Attorney RJ Larizza said in a news release.
In 2009, authorities said Tameris had sex with a teenager more than 20 times over a one-year period. The teenager was 16 years old at the time, and Tameris was 42 years old.
Tameris also allegedly videotaped the teenager on one occasion without her knowledge and sent an inappropriate image of himself to her via e-mail.
Investigators said the teenager came forward while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They investigated the claims against Tameris and two other beach patrol officers.
Florida law states that it’s a felony for anyone over 24 years old to have sex with a person who is 16 or 17 years old, whether or not the sex is consensual.