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Brevard optician accused of possessing child porn sentenced to probation

VIERA, Fla. – A Brevard County optician accused of child pornography possession was sentenced to 60 months of probation Wednesday in a plea deal that also does not require him to register as a sex offender.

In November 2017, David Bressette, 57, was charged with 10 counts of having child pornography depicting children younger than 12. The charges were later dropped to four counts of child pronography possession.

On Wednesday, Bressette was at the Brevard County courthouse in Viera for a hearing during which he accepted a plea to lesser charges, avoiding what could have been up to a 20-year prison sentence.

Bressette's family also attended the hearing. According to the State Attorney's Office, Bressette's son alerted authorities after finding child porn on a home device.

As part of the plea deal, Bressette's child porn possession charges were reduced to aggravated assault. He also avoids having to register as a sex offender.

The State Attorney's Office said prosecutors did not wish to seek trial because the state did not have a victim to testify and there's no evidence that a child was physically abused or exploited locally.

The optician lives in Satellite Beach and worked at Seacrest Optical in Cocoa Beach, fitting customers with corrective eyewear.

A former next-door neighbor was critical of the state's decision not to seek a conviction.

"It's kind of ridiculous. That's disgusting," Charlie Armstrong said. "Why they would decide to do that, I have no idea."

In 2015, News 6 partner Florida Today reported he took his optician skills on a missionary trip to Central America, where he worked with children.

Bressette and his attorneys declined to comment outside the courthouse after his sentencing.


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