War College colonel convicted of federal child-porn charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A U.S. Army Colonel arrested for child pornography while stationed at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle has been convicted on federal charges following a five-day trial in U.S. District Court.

A jury found that 58-year-old Robert J. Rice knowingly possessed child pornography and that he received and distributed child pornography through the Internet, according to a news release Friday from U.S. Attorney Peter Smith’s office.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 12. The maximum penalty under federal law is 30 years in prison.

Cumberland County authorities in April 2013 reported they found 10,000 pornographic images depicting children engaged in sexual acts on Rice’s personal computer.

At the time, Rice was a staff officer engaged in developing war games at the War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership and Development. His clearance was suspended immediately after his arrest.

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