Quincy man to serve four years for possession of child pornography, home repair fraud

Richard R. Rife (Submitted Photo)
Posted: Dec. 21, 2012 6:41 pm Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man was sentenced Friday to a combined four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on two felony counts, including a child pornography charge.

Richard R. Rife, 28, was sentenced by Judge William Mays to three years for possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony, and for one year for home repair fraud, a Class 4 felony. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Rife was also fined $2,000 for the child pornography conviction, and he was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution in connection with the home repair fraud case.

Rife had pleaded guilty on both counts in early November, in exchange for a six-year sentencing cap.

First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha had asked for the maximum six years in the child pornography case and the maximum three years for the home repair fraud case.

"(Rife) is a threat to members of the community ... and a danger to society," Farha said.

Public defender Holly Henze asked the court for probation for Rife so he could receive necessary counseling and be able to work to begin making restitution.

Mays said to have placed Rife on probation would "deprecate the seriousness" of his actions.

The child pornography charge was levied against Rife after his live-in fiance found pornographic images on Rife's cellular phone on Aug. 14. Court records indicated there were naked photos of females under the age of consent, ranging in age from 8 to 10 years old, who were involved in sexual acts. Rife admitted to trading pornographic images with random people. Information in that case was filed on Aug. 27.

Rife was arrested Aug. 14 involving the home repair fraud case. He entered into a contract on June 7 to roof a house in Quincy. He received a $3,000 check from the victim, but failed to complete the job, according to Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Friye.

At the time of his Aug. 14 arrest, Rife was out on probation on a felony theft charge stemming from an incident on Oct. 26, 2011.