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Lake Placid man might plea in child porn case


Published:   |   Updated: January 29, 2014 at 03:39 PM

SEBRING - David Corbet Frost, 45, who was arrested a year ago on 234 counts of child pornography, is scheduled for a possible plea bargain at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 17.

In 2012, Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated for six months and found that Frost, 11 Lake Side Trail, had downloaded 127 photographs and 106 videos from the Internet.

Highlands County has not seen many child porn cases, Det. Brian Livesay said at the time. But with the ability of people to share files on the Internet, "we expect to see a rise in these cases."

Livesay said investigators have suspected that such activity was occurring, but didn't have the evidence to prove it. Better tools have been developed to detect the activity, he said.

The arrest came after an investigator accessed Child Protection System, a program that monitors downloaded or shared child pornography files, said the warrant used to arrest Frost.

In August 2012, the detective looked for potential suspects in the Highlands County area and found that someone using an Internet protocol address had downloaded 103 child pornography files, the affidavit said. The computer was registered to Frost's mother, the affidavit said, because he lived with his mother.

Frost has been in jail since his arrest in lieu of a $233,000 bond.

The investigator tried to download the files, but when that was unsuccessful, contacted another agent who obtained copies of nine of the files, which were child pornography, the affidavit said.

After subsequent investigation, the investigator spoke with Frost, who admitted to downloading the files, the affidavit said.

"There are plea negotiations going on," Asst. State Attorney Steve Houchin confirmed Monday. "We hope to have a plea in place by Feb. 17.

"Details have not been hammered out yet," Houchin said, but the state will seek prison time, followed by a lengthy probation period.

Frost appeared in a pretrial hearing on Jan. 22 before Circuit Court Judge Olin Shinholser, who set the February court date.

Frost is represented by John Kromholz; Asst. State Attorney Meghan Gomez is the prosecuting attorney.

gpinnell@highlandstoday.com

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