Puppeteer Ron Brown pleads 'not guilty' to child porn

LARGO, Fla. - A Largo puppeteer, once accused of plotting to kidnap, cook, and eat children, pleaded "not guilty" in federal court Friday morning.

While an eviction notice remains taped to Ron Brown's trailer in Largo, the puppeteer is getting used to living somewhere else.

"Obviously, nobody likes to be incarcerated," said Brown's attorney, Eric Kuske Lianza. "He's concerned about what's going to to transpire. He's awaiting discovery. He's waiting for us, his defense counsel, to advise him the best we can."

Lianza and his partner, Alex Stavrou, are still building their defense.  Despite mountains of evidence against Brown, they say they haven't seen it all.

They are aware of 1,250 pornographic images depicting children in sex acts, stashed in Brown's electronics.

They also know of online chat transcripts where Brown tells another man about desires to kidnap, mutilate, cook and eat children. One boy is named specifically.

And yet, much more is expected as the investigation continues.

"Because it hasn't been concluded yet, I don't think anybody can say with any certainty what actually transpired, yet," Lianza said. "The United States government is still investigating as are we. Things can still progress from here, one way or another."
 
But ask Brown's neighbor, Lisa Duncan, and there is plenty of evidence.

"It was freaky," she remembers.  "I thought kids lived there because there were always kids in the driveway."

Duncan believes those kids were in danger, even if prosecutors decided not to file the most egregious complaint against Brown, that he planned to kidnap a child. Friday, Brown pleaded "not guilty" to just two counts of child porn.

Prosecutors can still file an indictment for intent to kidnap whenever they want. If they don't, they may simply settle out of court. There is a chance Brown will never face a jury.

Either way, Duncan hopes her neighbor doesn't come home anytime soon.

"I hope that by the time he's out, we're gone," she said. "We were pretty sure he was gone for good."

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