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Gazette Premium Content Airman sentenced to 12 years for lewd conduct

Erin Prater, erin.prater@gazette.com Updated: January 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm

A Peterson Air Force Base airman was sentenced to 12 years of confinement Tuesday for possessing pornographic pictures of toddlers, having cybersex with a teenage girl and attempting to strangle his wife.

Thirty-year-old Senior Airman Czachery Rike, a firefighter with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to three of four charges, including exposing his genitals via electronic communications technology to a child under the age of 16, possessing and distributing child pornography and assaulting his wife.

The court martial, which began and ended Tuesday, was held at Peterson Air Force Base.

Rike opted for his sentence to be determined by a military judge alone. He faced up to 102 years and six months of confinement.

Rike, who will be dishonorably discharged from the Air Force, will be held at the Teller County Jail until he is moved to a military confinement facility to service his sentence.

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