Airman Faces Multiple Sex Charges in Court-Martial

A Peterson Air Force Base airman charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, exposing his genitals to a child and strangling an adult will face court-martial early next year.

Senior Airman Czachery Rike, a firefighter with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, will face four charges -- including exposing his genitals via electronic communications technology to a child under the age of 16, possessing and distributing child pornography, committing sodomy by force against an adult and strangling and assaulting an adult -- at a court-martial scheduled to begin Jan. 21, according to court documents.

Rike has been held in the Teller County jail since May 31, when a commander ordered him into pretrial confinement.

Charges were preferred against Rike by Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander, on Aug. 28.

Rike was arrested by the Colorado Springs Police Department Jan. 7 on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child.

His arrest was one of 12 made by the police department after an eight-month, multi-agency investigation into online child pornography launched in May 2012.

Rike was released Jan. 11 from the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on $10,000 bond.

Charges were initially filed in civilian court but dismissed after it was agreed that the Air Force would exercise jurisdiction in the case.

Officials with Peterson Air Force Base's 21st Space Wing would not say why Rike is being held in pretrial confinement, citing concerns for his privacy and the judicial process.

The alleged crimes took place on varying dates from 2009 through this year.

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