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12-145 Detectives Arrest Man For Possession of Child Pornography

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit

David Lee Franklin (Arrested)
DOB: 11/29/1950
Address: 7100 Ulmerton Road Lot 740, Largo
Arrested for five counts sexual performance by a child.

The victims are females between the ages of 6 and 10 years of age. No further information will be released per Florida Statute 119.071(2)(h)1.

What:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a Largo Man for five counts of sexual performance by a child.

Where:
The suspect was arrested at his home located at 7100 Ulmerton Road, Lot 740 in Largo.

When:
The crime occurred between November 7, 2011 and June 13, 2012.

Why/How:
In November of 2011, detectives received information that the suspect, 60-year-old David Franklin, may be downloading child porn videos from the internet.

Detectives began their investigation and obtained a search warrant. That search warrant was executed at Franklin’s home located at 7100 Ulmerton Road, Lot 740 in Largo on the morning of June 13, 2012. It was determined that Franklin had in fact been downloading random child pornography videos since November 7th of 2011. The victims in the videos were all girls between the ages of 6 and 10.

Franklin was arrested for five counts sexual performance by a child and was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Multiple items were seized from the home to include a computer, an external hardware and multiple DVDs. Detectives say the videos were used for the suspect’s own personal gratification.

Additional charges are pending.

The investigation continues.

 Booking Photo: David Lee Franklin

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