Posted: Nov 7, 2012 4:49 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News
Updated: Nov 7, 2012 5:14 PM
A former Santa Barbara police officer has been found guilty of destroying evidence and resisting a peace officer in a case dating back to 2009 when two teenage girls reported seeing him naked on the beach.
Brian Sawicki was found not guilty of annoying a child, lewd acts in public, and electronic peeping.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced a jury had reached the verdicts on Wednesday.
Sawicki was arrested in August 2009 after two girls told a park ranger they saw the former police officer engaging in a lewd act. Prosecutors said Sawicki fled when the ranger tried to contact him. Investigators found binoculars, an Epic Stealth camera, and another camera in Sawicki's backpack. The say one of the cameras had a deleted video showing sawicki's actions on the beach.
Sentencing is set for November 15. Sawicki faces up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for the destroying evidence charge and up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for the resisting a peace officer conviction.
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