Published: Aug 18, 2010 3:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 18, 2010 12:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former lifeguard claims teen girls were expected to have sex with Volusia County Beach Patrol officers as a 'rite of passage.'

The former lifeguard, who is now 19, filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court in Orlando on Aug. 6. She claims sex with an officer or lifeguard was considered 'a rite of passage' among young lifeguards. The girl was 17 when she was a lifeguard.

Two former beach patrol officers have been arrested as part of the investigation into allegations of sexual activity with underage girls. County spokesman Dave Byron said Tuesday the accusations that the county "allowed a culture of sexual abuse" are false and that it was the county who initiated the investigation.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages.