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First on 10: Former Narragansett officer arraigned after sending nude photos to teen

Matthew C. Riley, 50, a K-9 handler for the Narragansett Police Department, faced a judge on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, and was charged with the transfer of obscene matter to a minor more than three months after authorities raider his home. (WJAR/Police photo)

Matthew Riley, 50, a former Narragansett police officer, hurried quickly out of federal court in Providence Friday to a waiting car.

Inside, prosecutors laid out the criminal charges against the one-time K-9 officer, saying he trolled the Internet and social media pretending to be a 29-year-old physical therapist named Chris Banner from Boston.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Barton told Judge Patricia Sullivan that Riley had multiple conversations with a 15-year-old girl over many months, allegedly sending her sexually explicit pictures of himself.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said the investigation began with a tip to law enforcement from the teen’s parents in Nebraska. Nebraska State Patrol linked the alleged communications to an IP address at Riley’s home.

In May, Riley's Narragansett home he shares with his wife of 20 years and two teenage children was raided by the FBI. Federal agents searched his electronic devices and also his patrol car.

The following week, he put his retirement papers in and ended 29 years on the job with the Narragansett Police Department.

A prosecutor told the court -- just days before the search of Riley's home and devices -- he was searching multiple child porn type websites from his cell phone browser.

“He lived a life of essentially deception,” said Barton.

Riley pleaded not guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. His defense attorney, William Murphy, said Riley had no physical contact with anyone under 18.

Under the terms of his release, Riley is to have no internet access, no contact with the minor at the center of the investigation, and if he attends any youth activities or sporting events for his children, he’s to bring along another adult while notifying the court.

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