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Army colonel's lawyer: Identity theft behind child porn charges

Apr. 10, 2013 - 10:52AM   |  
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CARLISLE, Pa. — An attorney for a colonel at the Army War College in central Pennsylvania says identity theft is to blame for the child pornography charges against his client.

The Sentinel reports that a preliminary hearing for 55-year-old Col. Robert Joel Rice was continued until May 6. Attorney Joseph Caraciolo said 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. Prosecutors have said the charges came after an investigation of several months.

Authorities said 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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