Wisconsin Neo-Nazi Faces Child Abuse Charges
Posted: November 17, 2009
Deputies with the Racine County, Wisconsin, Sheriff's Office arrested a white supremacist and convicted bomber on numerous charges of child abuse.
The officers arrested Sean Riker, 41, on November 10, 2009, at his home in Norway, Wisconsin. Earlier that day, Riker's wife told authorities that he had been on a violent rampage, claiming that he had been severely abusing her and her three children for the last five days. She alleged that Riker had repeatedly punched the eight and nine-year old girls in the head and torso, slammed their heads together, smashed their heads into walls and doors, and touched them inappropriately. In one alleged incident, the wife claims that Riker placed an unloaded sawed-off shotgun against the back of her head and pulled the trigger, then repeated the same action against the head of her 8-year-old daughter and the head of their 11-month-old infant.
Authorities did not find a gun at the home, but Riker had allegedly put a GPS tracking device in his wife's vehicle, potentially putting him on notice that she had gone to the police.
The family had only just days earlier moved from Utah to Wisconsin. Authorities believe that the vehicle the family drove to Wisconsin in may be stolen; the vehicle identification number is bogus.
Riker has several neo-Nazi tattoos, including "NLR" (for the Nazi Low Riders racist prison gang) on his stomach, "wood" (signifying "peckerwood") on his lower back, and SS bolts and a swastika on his right shoulder.
Riker is facing eleven charges, including three counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety; two counts of physical abuse of a child: intentionally causing bodily harm to a child; two counts of causing mental harm to a child; exposing genitals; strangulation and suffocation; possession of a firearm by a felon; and misdemeanor battery. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Riker, who was once nicknamed the "St. George Bomber," pleaded guilty in 1997 for a bombing spree in which he detonated five pipe bombs at a bookstore, flag store, auto dealership, and two at an elementary school in St. George, Utah, in 1995. Riker had only been in Utah a short time, after moving there from California a few months earlier. He received a 12 year federal prison sentence for the bombings.
Riker is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on November 18. He faces over 100 years in prison if convicted on all charges.