David C. Ullman of Lake Wales is getting his financial things in order before he goes to prison, said his Attorney Larry Shearer Tuesday.
There was a hearing last Tuesday in the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow in front of Judge Glenn T. Shelby, 10th Circuit Court. Ullman’s attorney told the judge and Assistant State Attorney Brad Copley that Ullman is ready to make a plea and everything will be resolved at the next hearing. Judge Shelby scheduled Ullman’s next hearing for Feb. 4.
Ullman was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on June 9 on charges including lewd lascivious battery to victim ages 12-16, travel to meet after the use of computer to lure child, use of a computer to seduce, solicit and lure a child and use of a two-way communications device to commit a felony.
Ullman’s arrest was the result of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives making contact with the suspect. An undercover detective portrayed himself as a 14-year-old juvenile female and placed a fictitious advertisement on Craigslist.com. According to detectives, Ullman responded to the Craigslist advertisement and email conversation ensued.
Ullman was instrumental in helping organize the Lake Wales Charter School system, served as a trustee, served on the LWCS Foundation, served on the Polk County School District Foundation Board as its secretary/treasurer, was an elder at the Lake Wales Presbyterian Church, and was employed by Bunting, Tripp and Ingley LLP, Lake Wales, at the time of the original arrest. Ullman was arrested a second time after violating his pretrial release by changing residence without notifying the court.