Richard Hannon – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator

Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that a registered sex offender is back in custody after the man solicited an undercover investigator with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit, believing he was soliciting a mother for sex with her young children.
Richard Hannon will be charged with soliciting a parent for unlawful sex acts with a child after engaging in a series of sexually explicit internet conversations with the investigator. He was arrested today by law enforcement officers with the CyberCrime Unit and the New Port Richey Police Department, the second arrest made this week by the Attorney General’s new Tampa Region CyberCrime Task Force.

Hannon, 66, first approached the CyberCrime investigator in an internet chatroom, believing he was communicating with the mother of a 12-year old boy and a 10-year old girl. Over the course of two months, Hannon solicited the “mother” for sex with her children, describing in graphic detail what he intended to do to the children. He was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his New Port Richey home. At the time of his arrest, Hannon admitted he was the individual carrying on the conversations with the investigator.

Prior to today’s arrest, Hannon was arrested in 1999 by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for using a computer to solicit someone he thought was a young boy for sex, again not realizing he was communicating with a law enforcement officer. In that case, adjudication was withheld and Hannon served six months of community control which was followed by 2.5 years of probation with no internet access. He is a registered sex offender with the State of Florida and can be located on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender registry.

Hannon will be booked into the Pasco County Jail and a booking photograph will be available from the jail later today. He will be charged with solicitation of a parent for unlawful sex acts with a child, a third-degree felony, under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007.
He will be prosecuted by attorneys with the CyberCrime Unit and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. The New Port Richey Police Department is a member of the CyberCrime Unit’s Tampa Region Task Force, launched in early July.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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