Rhode Island – Former Narragansett police officer Matthew Riley, 51, will plead guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, according to documents filed in Providence’s U.S. District Court.
Riley was arraigned on the charge last October, after the FBI raided his patrol car and Narragansett home that he shared with his wife of 20 years and two teenage children.
At the time, he pleaded not guilty.
A federal prosecutor said the former K-9 officer lived a double life; trolling the internet and social media sites, pretending to be a man named Chris Banner, from Boston, a 29 year old physical therapist in the Navy.
In court, prosecutors said Riley began communicating with a minor victim, from Nebraska, in late 2015 or early 2016, at first on the website omegle.com, and later through text messages and Snapchat.
The young victim told Riley she was 15 years-old and in the ninth grade. Their communication continued for months, which included Riley sending nude pictures of himself and videos of himself masturbating, according to court documents.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said the investigation began with a tip to law enforcement from the teen’s parents. Nebraska State Patrol linked the communications between the teen and Chris Banner to an IP address at Riley’s home.
One week after the raid on his home, Riley retired from the Narragansett police after 29 years the job. He faces up to 10 years in prison, but will likely receive less, given his cooperation and change of plea. A date has not been set for the change of plea.
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