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Date of Issue: July 15, 2009

Man accused of sex crime seeks out-of-state travel

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Richard S. LeGore, 66.

A Holmes Beach man accused of sexual battery involving a minor wants the court to allow him to remove a monitoring device on his ankle.

The man, Richard S. LeGore, 66, of Holmes Beach, also wants the court to allow him to leave the state for work-related matters.

LeGore was arrested at his home in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, on June 20. A probable cause affidavit filed in Manatee County Circuit Court states that LeGore molested a young girl with whom he is related on June 18.

The charge, to which LeGore has pleaded not guilty, is a capital felony.

LeGore, who posted bail on June 22, was described in the police report as a self-employed environmental consultant.

A motion filed by LeGore’s attorney stated, “Defendant is a doctoral level, self-employed, marine biologist. His business (LeGore Environmental Associates Inc.) requires frequent travel out of the state of Florida and out of the country.”

The motion further stated that LeGore’s “supervised release officer has ordered him not to leave his home while his charge is pending, regardless of court dates, lawyer meetings and doctor appointments.… The defendant is presumed innocent yet is being severely restricted in his business and professional matters.”

The attorney stated that if the judge allowed LeGore to leave the state for business, LeGore would notify his release officer in advance and provide authorities with a phone number and address of his whereabouts.

“The defendant is not a flight risk,” attorney Gregory S. Hagopian wrote. “Not allowing the defendant to continue his employment would be a great and irreparable hardship to the defendant.”