Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New charges filed against sex-crime suspect

Bellevue man now accused of 10 felonies and misdemeanors


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Riley Michael Beck

    New sex-crime charges have been filed against an 18-year-old Bellevue man who already has seven sex-related charges pending against him.
    Hailey police reported Monday that the new charges filed against Riley Michael Beck involve new offenses committed against one of his earlier alleged victims, a girl under the age of 16.
    Beck, who had been free on $5,000 bond, was rearrested on Friday, Aug. 15, following a joint investigation by Hailey police and the Bellevue Marshal’s Office. In an initial court appearance Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court, Beck was formally charged with the felony crime of “children-sexual abuse by soliciting a minor under 16 to participate in a sexual act.” He was also charged with the misdemeanor crimes of disseminating material harmful to a minor and violation of a no-contact order.
    Bond was set at $100,000 and Beck remained incarcerated Tuesday in the Blaine County jail.
    Beck was charged earlier this year with one felony count of providing a child with sexually exploitative material, five felony counts of enticing a child through the Internet or other communication device and one misdemeanor count of disseminating material harmful to a minor.
    Hailey police reported earlier that Beck was charged with those crimes for alleged illegal conduct with four girls, three of them age 14 and one of them age 12.
    A jury trial in that case has been scheduled for Oct. 14 in Blaine County 5th District Court.
    Hailey police Lt. Steve England said Monday that the new charges against Beck are the result of an investigation started at about 1 a.m. on Aug 15 after police were told by the mother of one of the earlier alleged victims, a 14-year-old girl, that Beck had contacted the girl through an Internet online message service in violation of an earlier issued no-contact order.
    England said that through the investigation, police determined that Beck had allegedly solicited the girl to engage in sex and sent her “inappropriate photographic images.”
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com






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