Advertisement

Rice hearing postponed

April 22, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Virginia court hearing for a prominent Martinsburg businessman charged in an Internet sex sting has been rescheduled to July.

A preliminary hearing for Thomas D. Rice was originally set for next Thursday in Bedford, Va., but it has been moved to July 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Bedford.

The change was made at the request of Rice's attorney, according to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Bedford.

Rice, 58, is charged with attempting to have sex with a 13-year-old boy after arranging a sexual encounter over the Internet with an undercover sheriff's deputy posing as a boy.

Currently free on $10,000 bond, Rice, who served as an aide to former W.Va. Gov. Gaston Caperton, is charged with two felony counts of attempted indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 and one felony count of attempted crimes against nature with a child under the age of 14.

Advertisement

A conviction on any of the charges carries a 5-year maximum prison sentence and a $2,500 fine.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|