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Hearing continued for Army Colonel in child porn case

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 10, 2013 4:18 PM
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(Carlisle) -- An attorney for a colonel at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle says identity theft is to blame for the child pornography charges against his client.

A preliminary hearing for 55-year-old Colonel Robert Joel Rice has been continued until May 6. Attorney Joseph Caraciolo says his client has never possessed child pornography and was the victim of fraud and identity theft.

Investigators say Rice was arrested earlier this month and faces 120 counts after more than 10,000 files of suspected child pornography were found on his laptop. Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed says the evidence supports the charges.

Authorities say Rice's wife was interviewed Feb. 7 and said she saw child pornography on her husband's laptop, which she turned over to investigators.

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