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Colonel stationed at Army War College in Carlisle convicted on child pornography charges

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Colonel accused of child porn faces preliminary hearing

HARRISBURG, Pa. –  Robert J. Rice, 58, Carlisle, a Colonel in the U.S. Army stationed at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, was convicted of possession and receipt and distribution of child pornography over the internet. The five-day trial was held before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the jury returned with the verdict of guilty after approximately two hours of deliberation. The jury found that Rice knowingly possessed child pornography from August 2010 through January 29, 2013, and that he received and distributed child pornography through the internet from January 23, 2013 through January 28, 2013.

Chief Judge Conner has scheduled sentencing for August 12, 2016.  Rice faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office with assistance from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).