Ex-officer found guilty of sexual battery on minor

Published On: Dec 11 2012 04:54:14 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 21 2011 05:25:19 AM EST

A former Vero Beach police officer charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a minor was found guilty Tuesday after a two-day trial in St Johns County.

James Scharfschwerdt could get up to 45 years in prison when he's sentenced in February.

Deputies said the investigation began when a teen boy reported an incident that occurred several years ago alleging that Scharfschwerdt had sex with him.

Detectives said they learned that Scharfschwerdt was a former Vero Beach police officer in South Florida and was arrested in 1988 on similar allegations from numerous victims. He was acquitted on those charges.

Detectives said they served a search warrant at Scharfschwerdt's home in St. Johns County, where they seized several items of possible evidence.