A former beach patrol captain has been convicted on perjury for asking an underage lifeguard to lie to authorities during an investigation of sexual activity with teenage girls within the central Florida agency.
It took jurors an hour Thursday to find 38-year-old Jecoa Simmons guilty. He faces up to five years in prison.
The jury heard recorded phone conversations between Simmons and a lifeguard he had previously had a sexual relationship with. Simmons made the calls from a pay phone and didn't know they were being recorded. In the conversations, he told the lifeguard to lie to investigators.
Simmons was fired from the Volusia County Beach Patrol after investigators started looking into allegations of sexual relationships between beach patrol officers and underage girls. He was arrested in 2010.