Monday, April 23, 2018
Military News

MacDill officer sought out 'pervs,' records in child porn case show

TAMPA — A major at MacDill Air Force Base was going to be in Washington, D.C., for training at the Pentagon's National Defense University and wanted to make a new friend.

So Air Force Reserve transportation officer David Mario Riley answered an online Craigslist ad from a man who was looking for someone with a sexual interest in children.

Riley wrote an email in December: "Hi, I saw your ad … while looking for other pervs in the area … I will be visiting DC from jan 27-feb 7, but will be alone … and would like to get together with other pervs and explore taboo."

That contact is described in federal court records charging Riley, 37, of Tampa, former commander of the 927th Logistics Readiness Squadron at MacDill, with distributing child pornography.

Federal prosecutors said Riley sent eight photos depicting child pornography to a person he thought was a like-minded individual.

In fact, the person who placed the ad was an undercover police officer working a sting.

Riley was arrested in Washington on Thursday and is being held without bail pending an initial appearance Friday in U.S. District Court. If convicted, Riley faces a minimum prison sentence of five years.

Riley has done a variety of jobs at MacDill since 2005. He commanded the 927th logistics squadron for two years ending in 2010, overseeing transportation issues for troops and equipment, according to the Air Force Reserve Command.

The squadron is affiliated with the 927th Air Refueling Wing, which is a reserve unit at MacDill that flies KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft.

Until last month, Riley was assigned to a logistics branch at U.S. Special Operations Central, or SocCent, a subordinate command of U.S. Central Command, which has its headquarters at MacDill.

The Air Force Reserve Command listed Riley as SocCent "plans division chief," but a spokesman could not confirm whether Riley is the chief or simply assigned to the chief's office.

In an online resume, Riley also lists himself as a CentCom transportation officer. CentCom has spearheaded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Riley left SocCent for a new job at another command, MacDill officials say, when he traveled to Washington earlier this month to attend unspecified training at the defense university.

In emails or instant messages to the undercover officer, Riley said he had a previous sexual encounter with his ex-girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter, according to an arrest affidavit by a metropolitan police officer in Washington.

Riley, a married father with a 6-year-old daughter, said he had not touched his own child, the affidavit said.

The undercover officer sent Riley a picture of a girl he said was his daughter. Riley, the affidavit said, responded, "What is the purpose of showing me pics of your daughter? Do you want to share her? … no pressure from me. Just curious."

Riley later discussed having a sexual encounter with the girl, police said.

Officials at the MacDill commands where Riley has worked declined to comment on Tuesday.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. William R. Levesque can be reached at [email protected]

Comments
Howard Altman: Tampa company analyzed strike on Syrian facilities

Howard Altman: Tampa company analyzed strike on Syrian facilities

After President Donald Trump announced the U.S., France and England had carried out attacks on three Syrian chemical weapons centers, a Tampa company began its own analysis of the bomb damage.The analysis, by geospatial intelligence firm Radiant Solu...
Published: 04/20/18
Howard Altman: Air Force turns to original Phillie Phanatic to develop mascot

Howard Altman: Air Force turns to original Phillie Phanatic to develop mascot

Air Mobility Command, the Air Force headquarters overseeing MacDill Air Force Base, wants to develop its own mascot to help interest children in a career with the flying branch. And they are turning to the original Phillie Phanatic, David Raymond, fo...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18
Trump says U.S. to decide on response to ‘atrocious’ Syria chemical attack in 24 to 48 hours

Trump says U.S. to decide on response to ‘atrocious’ Syria chemical attack in 24 to 48 hours

Washington PostWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration would be making "major decisions" about its response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria within the next 24 to 48 hours, decrying the action as "atrocious" and...
Published: 04/09/18

North Korea tells US that Kim Jong Un ready to discuss nukes

Associated PressWASHINGTON — North Korea’s government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood...
Published: 04/08/18
Air Force pilot killed in Iraq helicopter crash honored at Tampa funeral

Air Force pilot killed in Iraq helicopter crash honored at Tampa funeral

TAMPA — Air Force Capt. Andreas O’Keeffe was the kind of guy who lived to help others, which is why he was in the co-pilot seat aboard an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter when it took off March 15 from a base in western Iraq.A graduate of Tampa Bay Technic...
Updated one month ago

4 Marines killed in helicopter crash in California

LOS ANGELES — Four Marines were killed when their helicopter crashed while they were practicing desert landings in Southern California, the Miramar air station in San Diego said Wednesday. The Marines took off from a ground-combat center in the city ...
Updated one month ago
Howard Altman: Syrian pullout creates concerns

Howard Altman: Syrian pullout creates concerns

Speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, Army Gen. Joseph Votel did not sound like a guy who was planning on pulling American forces out of Syria."We are in Syria to fight ISIS," Votel said about the Sunni jihadi group. "That is our missio...
Updated one month ago
Haley VA director personally presents clinic plans to Sun City Center

Haley VA director personally presents clinic plans to Sun City Center

SUN CITY CENTER — Blanche Sullivan was undeniably impressed.Joe Battle, director of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics, took time out of his busy schedule to drive to Sun City Center and personally facilitate the March 30 town hall mee...
Updated one month ago
International commandos to show off capabilities in Tampa again in May

International commandos to show off capabilities in Tampa again in May

Be afraid Mayor Buckhorn.Be very afraid.The bad guys might be after you again.You know the ones. They show up every other year in Tampa and capture you, only to see you rescued by a cadre of international commandos swooping in on helicopters, inflata...
Updated one month ago
For military veterans suffering from PTSD, are service dogs good therapy?

For military veterans suffering from PTSD, are service dogs good therapy?

JACKSONVILLE BEACH — Adam Fuller credits a simple, one-word command — and a black Lab mix named J.D. — for helping to save his life. "Cover," he tells J.D., who is sitting to his left in a grassy field next to a park playground. The dog calmly walks ...
Updated one month ago