Army Colonel to Go on Trial on Child Porn Charges

Monday, May 6, 2013  |  Updated 12:55 PM EDT
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Colonel to Go on Trial on Child Porn Charges

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A colonel at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania has been held for trial on charges that he had thousands of images of child pornography on his computer.

Col. Robert J. Rice, 55, faced 120 counts of possession of child pornography that were filed last month. Prosecutors added 10 more charges during a preliminary hearing in Cumberland County Court on Monday and Rice was ordered held for court on all counts.

Police say that was after they found about 10,000 images of suspected child pornography on Rice's computer.

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PennLive.com reports Rice's attorney, Joseph Caraciolo, said his client's wife, Marilyn Rice, could have put the images on his computer when she installed monitoring software. Authorities say she saw the images on the computer and alerted police.

Caraciolo asked Marilyn Rice if she installed the images as leverage to negotiate a divorce, according to PennLive.com.

Caraciolo earlier said his client never put the images on his computer and was instead the victim of identity theft.

Robert Rice remains free on $100,000 bond, according to court records.

 


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