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St. Petersburg man, 82, convicted as sex predator after abusing girl, 7

LARGO — Robert Frederick Hall is a gray-haired 82-year-old man who walks slowly with a cane and can't hear too well.

He's also dangerous enough to be classified as a sexual predator.

On Tuesday, Hall pleaded guilty to lewd or lascivious molestation of a 7-year-old girl. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and labeled a sexual predator.

Hall admitted he fondled the girl in 2012 while she sat on his lap watching television in his St. Petersburg home. Hall made the girl "pinky promise" not to tell, prosecutors said, but eventually she told her parents and they went to police.

As part of the plea deal, Hall was given eight years in prison with credit for the nine months he's already spent in the Pinellas County Jail.

It was not his first arrest. Records indicate that in 1980, Hall was arrested on a sexual battery charge. And in Tuesday's hearing, there was a reference made to a "Williams rule hearing," a procedure used when authorities believe there are additional victims.

During the court hearing on Tuesday, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley asked Hall a series of questions designed to make sure Hall understood the proceedings.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.

Robert Frederick Hall, 82, pleaded guilty Tuesday to lewd or lascivious molestation of a girl, 7.

CURTIS KRUEGER | Times

Robert Frederick Hall, 82, pleaded guilty Tuesday to lewd or lascivious molestation of a girl, 7.

St. Petersburg man, 82, convicted as sex predator after abusing girl, 7 08/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:06am]
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