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Date of Issue: July 01, 2009

Holmes Beach man faces child sexual battery charge

Richard S. LeGore, 66

A Holmes Beach man faces a charge of sexual battery involving a minor after his arrest for allegedly fondling a girl.

Richard S. LeGore, 66, was arrested at his home in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at about 1:30 p.m. 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 child’s mother and a representative with a rape crisis center in Bradenton brought the girl to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report the incident.

The child was sitting on LeGore’s lap and the two were watching television when he committed the sexual battery, according to the report.

After, LeGore allegedly told the child that he should not be doing this and then put her to bed.

The charge LeGore faces is a capital felony.

Bail was set at $50,000.

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

Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Gilbert Smith set the conditions for the man’s release from the Manatee County jail. He can have no contact with the alleged victim and must wear an ankle bracelet.

A separate case in the courts was filed by a victim’s advocate requesting a temporary injunction to prevent LeGore from coming within 500 feet of the child.