A kid's entertainer was arrested after the government claimed that he planned to cook and eat little children.
Ronald Brown, a Florida puppeteer, who is accused of conspiring to cook and eat children, appeared briefly in court on Wednesday, and waived his right to apply for bail. Brown awaits trial in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida, on federal charges of possession of child pornography and conspiracy to kidnap a child.
Brown, 57, was arrested after U.S. Homeland Security Department security agents searched his mobile home in the Whispering Pines, Florida Mobile Home Park. Agents said they found "indecent images of children that were bound and gagged, a wheel of a missing child and the images of children that appear to be dead." Officials have said that, "one picture showed a naked child in a roasting pan."
The prisoner is being held at the Pinellas County Florida Jail. While Brown can request a new bail hearing at any time, he seems to want to remain in jail until his trial. Prosecutors have said they consider Brown to be a danger to the community and a flight risk. They have asked a judge that the prisoner should remain in custody.
He appeared in the courtroom of Judge Thomas Wilson wearing prison clothes and ankle shackles, with disheveled hair and glasses askew on his face. His lawyer, Eric Kuske, insisted on his innocence. According to the Tampa attorney, "He is not involved with this, he would never do something like this. At this point, he does not think he's done anything wrong."