Lake Wales resident David C. Ullman, 55, accepted a plea deal before Judge Glenn Shelby of the 10th Circuit Court on Friday for charges of using a computer to solicit a minor for sex and traveling to meet a minor for sex.
A plea deal between Ullman’s attorney Larry Shearer and Assistant State Attorney Brad Copley paved the way for Ullman to change his plea to no contest regarding the charges. Additional charges of attempted lewd battery and unlawful use of a two-way communication device were dropped as part of the plea.
Judge Shelby accepted the settlement giving Ullman five years in prison followed by five years sex offender probation. Sentencing is set for April 22.
No family members were present for Ullman’s courtroom appearance. Ullman’s attorney Larry Shearer asked the judge for the later April sentencing date because “he (Ullman) wants to observe his anniversary.”
Ullman’s arrest was the result of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives making contact with the suspect in June 2013.
An undercover detective portrayed himself as a 14-year-old juvenile female and placed a fictitious advertisement on Craigslist.com. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Ullman responded to the Craigslist advertisement and email conversation ensued.
Active in the Lake Wales community, 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 and was a partner in Bunting, Tripp and Ingley accounting firm in 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. He has been free on a surety bond.