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Date of Issue: April 21, 2010

Case closed on sexual battery charges, civil suit filed

The case against a Holmes Beach man accused of sexual battery involving a minor was closed after the state declined to pursue charges.

Richard S. LeGore, 66, was arrested at his home in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, on June 20. A probable cause affidavit alleged that LeGore molested a young girl with whom he is related.

Last August, the court clerk posted a record indicating that assistant state attorney Jeff Quisenberry had declined to file charges against LeGore.

The statement from the prosecutor said, “This action is taken without prejudice to the right of the state of Florida to resume prosecution on this matter at a future time.”

On March 15, LeGore’s attorney, Gregory S. Hagopian of Bradenton, a petition to “expunge records of the petitioner’s arrest” and was granted by 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Diana Moreland.

But the matter doesn’t end there.

On Oct. 22, 2009, Karin Petry filed a claim of negligence against Legore, seeking damages in excess of $15,000 for herself and as the “next friend of minor child,” for sexual battery, emotional distress, loss of companionship, society and medical expenses and negligence.

Attorney Melvin Little of Kallins, Little and Delgado requested a jury trial in an amended complaint filed Dec. 15, 2009.