SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Daniel Saylor, the former police chief of Windermere, was given no bond during his first court appearance at the Seminole County jail Saturday morning.
State agents arrested Saylor on perjury
charges Friday afternoon in Seminole County. In addition to the perjury charge, Saylor was charged with violating his probation.
The alleged perjury happened during the trial of his friend and convicted child rapist Scott Bush, who was being sentenced to life in prison while Saylor was getting handcuffed in Seminole county.
Saylor could go to prison for as long as 10 years on his new perjury charge and the probation violation charge.
The violation of probation charges come as a result of Saylor being arrested while on probation, officials said. The charge carries a no bond status and a judge ordered Saylor be held at the Seminole County jail Saturday morning.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents said Saylor was not happy when they showed up at his Casselberry probation office to arrest him Friday.
He is charged with lying on the witness stand when he testified for the defense, in Bush's trial.
During the Bush's January
trial, Saylor gave testimony which FDLE said could have wrongly swayed the jury.
"No sir. I can't remember if it was right before or right after I got back from the FBI academy it was turned over to the State Attorney's office and Orange County Sheriff's Office Sex Crimes Unit," Saylor said on the stand. "And they were involved in this case and they investigated this case thoroughly."
"And were any charges recommended by either of those agencies?" an attorney asked Saylor.
"No sir. They were recommended to drop the charges," said Saylor.
FDLE officials said that's not true and Saylor knew it because he had told FDLE agents that he knew the case was not turned over to the State Attorney's office for possible prosecution.
"Thank goodness it didn't sway the jury and what happened," said FDLE special agent Jeff Duncan.
Saylor was found guilty two years ago of tampering with evidence in the rape case against Bush. He was sentenced to a year in jail, much of which he did on work release. He's been on probation since then.