Podcast host Richard Rierson sentenced in KS child porn case

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Richard Rierson at the time of his May perhaps 2022 arrest

Sedgwick County Jail

The host of the movie star-filled “Dose of Management with Richard Rierson” podcast has been ordered to provide five many years of probation furthermore a 60-working day suspended jail sanction in a situation where by he was caught with baby pornography.

At his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Richard Rierson of Andale apologized for what his law firm termed a “terrible mistake” that ashamed his loved ones and derailed his occupation as an airline pilot.

Rierson, 54, advised Sedgwick County District Choose Jeffrey Syrios he felt “regret and shame” for his actions and is seeking forward to “becoming a effective member of this community” again.

In addition to serving in the U.S. Marines and performing as a pilot, Rierson produced and hosted the “Dose of Leadership” podcast, touted on the internet as the “ultimate management useful resource of inspiring and instructional interviews with related and motivating leaders.” Company involved actor Matthew McConaughey, previous NFL coach Invoice Cowher, Barbara Corcoran from the Television present “Shark Tank” and Forbes editor-in-chief Steve Forbes.

He’s also formerly worked as a leadership developer at numerous big Wichita corporations and founded a neighborhood communications corporation, in accordance to The Eagle’s information archives.

Rierson has “got a excellent head start toward redeeming himself,” which include immediately trying to get cure soon after he was caught, and “is eager to do regardless of what it takes” to rehabilitate, defense attorney John Rapp claimed.

Authorities arrested Rierson all through a site visitors quit in May soon after file internet hosting and cloud storage service Dropbox reported his account to a countrywide tipline about files depicting sexually abusive materials of women that were uploaded from Rierson’s IP handle, in accordance to an affidavit of probable trigger produced by the courtroom.

A Wichita police detective assigned to examine the circumstance found out evidence of kid pornography, such as practically two dozen video clips, among the Rierson’s deleted information, the affidavit claims.

The affidavit claims Rierson told law enforcement in the course of an interview that he’d been searching at boy or girl pornography for “maybe 6 months to a year” and was “sexually motivated by the content” but “was not attracted to youngsters.”

Rierson pleaded guilty to 14 counts of sexual exploitation of a kid on Nov. 7.

The probation sentence, suggested in Rierson’s plea agreement, carries an underlying jail sentence of 68 months. But he will not have to serve it or any time in jail unless of course he breaks the terms of his probation, which includes finishing sex offender and other mental health treatment method, keeping away from call with youngsters below 16 and supplying his probation officer access to all of his digital gadgets.

The probation phrase could also conclusion early — immediately after a few several years rather of 5 — if Rierson follows the rules, the decide explained to him in court.

Syrios also recommended Rierson use application that would block his on line obtain to pornography.

“You need to be diligent on this,” he explained, pointing out that handling sexual dependancy can complicated but Rierson has “done the work so significantly.”

“You really do not want to allow off the gasoline.”

Contributing: Michael Stavola of The Eagle

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Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s on line databases. She’s a mom of 3 and loves to read in her non-work time. Reach her at 316-268-6644 or at [email protected]