Man convicted of child sex arrested for hindering police

By Ken Curtis

Published 07/11 2014 03:21PM

Updated 07/11 2014 03:37PM

A Dale County man convicted last year of electronically soliciting sex from what he believed to be an underage girl has been arrested on another felony charge. Ryan Gene Gericke, 33, of Skipperville was charged June 30 with hindering prosecution. The story was not published by DothanFirst until Friday at the request of Dothan police who cited an ongoing investigation.

During a bond hearing Friday a Dothan police officer testified that Gericke illegally alerted another person who was being investigated for sex crimes. Investigators say they believe he may have done so in retaliation for his arrest.

In arguing to have a $175,000 bond reduced Gericke’s attorney noted that Gericke’s wife is pregnant and he is a student at Troy University.

District Judge Benjamin Lewis took under advisement the request.

Gericke was convicted last November of Electronic Solicitation of a child for the purpose of having sex. Prosecutors contend he used the internet to lure what he believed to be a 15 year old girl. He was nabbed by police who were conducting an undercover sting operation.

Houston County Circuit Judge Mike Conaway sentenced him to 10 years in prison but suspended 5 years based upon good behavior. His attorney at the time described Gericke as a high ranking officer in the National Guard.

Gericke was later freed on appeal bond while a higher court decides whether to affirm or overturn his conviction.

District Attorney Doug Valeska claims Gericke has continued to solicit sex from young girls by using an internet website since his sentencing.

A hearing whether to revoke his appeal bond is set for July 28.

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