DJ enters guilty plea in child porn case

August 09, 2000|By Sarah Koenig | Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF

John Girard Riggs, known to WHFS-FM listeners as "Johnny" Riggs, pleaded guilty to having child pornography and was sentenced yesterday in Howard County District Court to two years' probation.

Riggs, 38, of Ellicott City, is a popular "drive time" rock disc jockey whose show runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 99.1 FM, a CBS-owned station in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Howard County police searched Riggs' Falls Run Road house Dec. 7, 1999, because they suspected him of ordering anabolic steroids over the Internet, a police report stated.

At the house, investigators said, they found vials containing cocaine, heroin and marijuana. A search of his computer disks and hard drive uncovered pornographic pictures of young girls, according to the police report.

As part of a plea agreement, the state agreed not to prosecute Riggs on drug charges. But his sentence requires him to abstain from drugs and alcohol and to read "The Corner" - a book about a drug-infested Baltimore neighborhood - and write a 1,500-word essay about it.

Joseph Murtha, Riggs' attorney, said his client is still employed by the station.

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