Metro terminates employee charged with soliciting minor in Tennessee
Booking photo courtesy of the Knox County, TN Sheriff's Office
The following news release was issued by the WMATA Office of Inspector General
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Office of Inspector General (WMATA-OIG) today announced the September 14, 2018, arrest in Tennessee of Christopher A. Riggins, 53, of Laurel for the alleged sexual solicitation of a minor.
This joint investigation determined that during official business travel to the area, Riggins allegedly used a Metro-issued electronic device to arrange to meet with an individual he believed to be a fifteen-year-old girl for a sexual encounter. The individual that Riggins was communicating with was, in fact, an undercover Knoxville Police Department Investigator. Riggins was taken into custody at the predetermined meeting location by the Knoxville Police Department’s Violence Reduction Team and charged with felony Solicitation of a Minor – Aggravated Statutory Rape.
Following the arrest, WMATA-OIG notified Metro management, and Riggins was immediately placed on administrative leave and barred from Metro property pending an administrative investigation that concluded today. The administrative process resulted in termination.
WMATA Inspector General Geoffrey Cherrington today expressed thanks to the law enforcement agencies involved in investigating the case, including the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Metro Transit Police Department, the Howard County Maryland Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Knoxville and Washington, DC Field Offices, and the FBI-Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force, as well as the investigative staff within WMATA-OIG.
WMATA-OIG is asking anyone with information pertaining to this case to contact the OIG hotline at 888-234-2374 or via email at email@example.com.