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Largo puppeteer pleads not guilty to child porn charge

TAMPA — A Largo puppeteer who gained notoriety after his arrest on a charge that he planned to cannibalize a boy at his church pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he possessed and received child pornography.

Ronald William Brown, 57, entered the plea during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Tampa, and he remains held without bail pending trial. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Brown was arrested in July on charges that included conspiring to kidnap a child. But a grand jury indicted him earlier this month only on the child porn charges. The kidnapping charge could have led to a life sentence.

Arrest records detailed a gruesome series of Internet chats in which Brown described to a man in Kansas his desire to kill, cook, and eat a child at Largo's Gulf Coast Church. Brown's attorney likened the original charges to "science fiction," saying Brown never intended to eat a child.

Largo puppeteer pleads not guilty to child porn charge 10/12/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 12:41pm]
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