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Airman sentenced to 12 years

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Senior Airman Czachery Rike was tried here and convicted of three charges Jan. 21, and sentenced to 12 years confinement, a reduction in grade to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a dishonorable discharge from the Air Force.

The charges against Rike included four specifications of wrongfully committing an indecent act under the Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 120, four specifications of assault consummated by battery under Article 128, and four specifications of Article 134 including possessing and distributing child pornography.

Rike, a former firefighter with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, was arrested early in January 2013 on base after being investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He was released on bail until breaking a no-contact order. Afterwards, he was placed in pre-trial confinement.

During his trial, Rike said he had no excuse for his actions.

"This case is a reflection of our commitment to thoroughly investigate, prosecute and eradicate this type of criminal behavior from our Air Force," said Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander.

Rike will be held at Teller County Jail until he is moved to a permanent military confinement facility to serve his sentence.

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