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19 new charges filed against Littlehale

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

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Ronald Littlehale, 64, of Holmes Beach, was charged Jan. 26 by the Holmes Beach Police Department with 19 counts of possession of child pornography.

These are in addition to 13 counts against Littlehale related to unlawful solicitation of minors and transmission of pornography pending in Desoto County.

Littlehale was arrested Nov. 9 at his residence in the 7600 block of Gulf Drive on warrants from DeSoto County.

The new charges allege unlawful possession with the intent to promote 16 still images and three video images of child pornography, according to HBPD detective Brian Hall.

Hall said the charges stem from the search and seizure of Littlehale’s computer and cell phone executed during his November arrest.

The devices were processed at a crime laboratory in Tampa, he said. Hall said he expects Littlehale will be arraigned soon on the 19 new charges.

At his Jan. 10 arraignment in DeSoto County, Littlehale pleaded not guilty on 10 counts of transmission of harmful material to minors by an electronic device, two counts of obscene communication/soliciting a child for any unlawful sexual conduct by computer and one count of electronic transmission of pornography.

A sting operation by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, together with a central Florida task force on Internet-related crimes, led to the initial charges after a DeSoto County resident reported suspicious activity on her Facebook account, according to law enforcement reports.

A Feb. 8 date has been set for Littlehale’s next court appearance before Judge James S. Parker, DeSoto County courthouse, 115 E. Oak St., Arcadia.

Hall said Littlehale remains in custody at the DeSoto County jail.

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