Wakulla Felon Faces Child Porn Charges

By: Valerie Lacy
By: Valerie Lacy

Investigators said there are at least 100 photos of a child or children in sexual acts. Investigators say one of the children looks to be five years old.

Forty-nine-year-old Richard Dean Rice is a listed sex offender already on probation. His offense is lewd acts on a child under 16. Now he has been arrested again.

Investigators worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to trace pictures of child porn to a computer in a shed. There, deputies found explicit photos. FDLE says more than 100 in total.

Neighbors say they were worried something was wrong.

Markisha Jackson lives near the suspect and said, "I told them they need to let me know when they're going in somebody's home because I don't know what people are doing in their house because everybody's household is different."

We canvassed neighborhoods near Rice's home and his mother's house. Some neighbors tell us they were shocked to learn Rice's son had played with their children.

Others telling us they were in shock, including Crawfordville resident Melissa Nichols. "The sad thing is this is a small place, it's not that big and I am sure we have seen him some time or the other you know. That's just a scary feeling on its own," she said.

Deputies say Rice admitted to violating his parole by keeping child porn on a computer he borrowed.

Right now, Rice faces one charge for possession of child porn. However, they expect more charges to follow.

Again, there are more than 100 photos. One we know of so far clearly shows a child being sexually abused.

The questions now on the minds of investigators are did Richard Rice take the photos himself, are the victims local, and how many more charges will follow.

Bail is listed at $100,000. He remains in the Wakulla County Jail.


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