Largo man arrested on child pornography charges

LARGO — A monthslong investigation resulted in the arrest Wednesday of a 61-year-old Largo man on child pornography charges.

David Lee Franklin was arrested after detectives carried out a search warrant at his home in the Ranchero Village Mobile Home Park, 7100 Ulmerton Road. Inside, detectives seized a computer, an external hard drive and several DVDs as evidence that Franklin had been downloading child pornography, Pinellas sheriff's officials said.

The investigation began in November when detectives received information that Franklin might be downloading child pornography, officials said. It took several months for detectives to compile enough information to obtain a search warrant.

The videos Franklin downloaded showed images of multiple girls, from 6 to 10 years old, authorities said.

He was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on five counts and held on $25,000 bail. Other charges are pending, authorities said.

Largo man arrested on child pornography charges 06/13/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:22am]

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