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Holmes Beach man sentenced to 8 years on porn charges

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Littlehale

Former Holmes Beach resident Ronald Littlehale pleaded no contest and has been sentenced to eight years in the Florida Department of Corrections.

Littlehale was charged with numerous counts of unlawful solicitation of minors and transmission of pornography after his November 2011 arrest at his Holmes Beach residence.

Littlehale, 64, resided on the 7600 block Gulf Drive at the time of his arrest.

With his public defender at the jail, Littlehale waived his rights to stand trial.

After his plea, 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge James S. Parker found Littlehale guilty on 13 counts of pornography-related charges, according to 12th circuit assistant state attorney Rebeccah Bragg.

The sentence will be credited for 329 days of jail time served, she said.

The Dec. 18, 2018, release date also will be adjusted by “gain time,” a tool used to encourage satisfactory inmate behavior and motivate work and DOC program participation, according to the department’s website.

He also must register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and pay $950 in court costs, according to Bragg, who attended the court proceedings earlier this month in the judge’s chambers.

Littlehale elected to attend court by video from the DeSoto County Jail, where he has been held since his arrest.

Littlehale is being held in the DOC Central Florida Reception Center in Orange County.

His arrest stemmed from a sting operation by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office and a central Florida task force on Internet-related crimes. Authorities followed a tip that Littlehale “wanted to talk to young girls” in DeSoto County on the web, according to Bragg.

Littlehale spent nearly a year at the jail from the time of his arrest to his October sentencing.

“It really was the complexity of the case,” she said about the length of time it took to reach trial.

“We filed our discovery, and turned over hundreds of conversations and reports, and it took time” for Littlehale’s public defender, “to go over them with him to make sure he understood the charges against him,” she said.

Thirteen counts relating to unlawful solicitation of minors and transmission of pornography were filed by the state attorney at the 12th Circuit Desoto office after his Nov. 9 arrest in Holmes Beach.

At a Jan. 10 arraignment, Littlehale pleaded not guilty to 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.

Nineteen additional counts of possession of child pornography were recommended by the Holmes Beach Police Department in January following a search of Littlehale’s home, according to HBPD Detective Sgt. Brian Hall.

Bragg said those charges would have to be addressed in Manatee County.

The recommended charges were sent by the HBPD to the 12th Circuit Manatee state attorney office after a crime lab in Tampa examined Littlehale’s computer and cell phone, according to Hall.

Assistant state attorney Pamela Buha said she was not aware of the HBPD’s recommended charges.

According to a Jan. 26 report, the HBPD alleges unlawful possession with the intent to promote 16 still images and three video images of child pornography.

One Response to Holmes Beach man sentenced to 8 years on porn charges

  1. Michael D says:

    Like ALL pedophiles he should be swiftly put to death after his guilty verdict was read.

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