Airman Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Porn, Other Charges (News)


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Title: Airman pleads guilty to distributing child porn, other charges
Publication: Colorado Springs Gazette
Author: Erin Prater
Date: 01/21/2014

A Peterson Air Force Base airman pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing pornographic pictures of toddlers, having cybersex with a teenage girl and attempting to strangle his wife.

A military judge accepted the plea of Senior Airman Czachery Rike, a firefighter with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, in an on-base courtroom. Rike faces up to 102 years and six months of confinement, but will likely serve less due to a pretrial agreement. The sentencing hearing is expected to continue Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, Rike, 30, entered his plea to three of four charges brought against him, including exposing his genitals via electronic communications technology to a child under the age of 16, possessing and distributing child pornography, and assaulting his wife. The incidents took place between 2009 and 2013, according to prosecutors. The fourth charge – committing forcible sodomy against an adult without consent – was dropped per the pretrial agreement.

 

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