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Wrestler Arrested for Possession of Child Porn, Reportedly Including Images of Infants

"It's on my phone," James Riley, 25, allegedly told authorities, a criminal complaint said. (YouTube) "It's on my phone," James Riley, 25, allegedly told authorities, a criminal complaint said. (YouTube)

A professional wrestler in New York, who goes by the name "Rude Boy Riley" in the ring, has been arrested for having a stockpile of child pornography that include images of infants, officials said.

Cops on Wednesday nabbed James Riley, 25, of Staten Island, after finding photos on his iPhone depicting children under the age of 16 engaging in sexual acts, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.

“It’s on my phone,” Riley allegedly told authorities, the complaint said.

Riley "promoted performances which include sexual conduct by a child less than sixteen years of age," prosecutors said, after he uploaded at least nine pictures showing children engaging in sexual acts to his Google account in 2014, prosecutors said.

In 2016, Riley again uploaded a photo of a child less than 16 years old engaging in sexual acts to his Tumblr account, the complaint said.

Twenty photos of children, "some of which were infants," were recovered from Riley’s iPhone, Assistant District Attorney Josh Freeman said in court Wednesday, according to the New York Post.

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Riley was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child.

"I don’t believe he is a threat to the community," Riley’s attorney reportedly told the judge at his client’s arraignment in Staten Island Criminal Court.

His bail was set at $3,500, which he was able to make.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Riley wrestled for Five Borough Wrestling and Warriors of Wrestling, according to a fan site dedicated to "Rude Boy Riley."

"With his high energy, platinum-blonde bun and tattoos honoring his mom and grandfather, James Riley is the local favorite," the site said of the WWE hopeful.

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“Everyone who doubted me as a kid is now watching me in the crowd,” he was quoted as saying.

But by Thursday, Riley was pulled from numerous wrestling events, as organizations quickly took to social media to distance themselves from the one-time "fan favorite."

“Due to circumstances James Rude Boy Riley is being pulled from this week’s events. This is [the] only statement we have concerning it,” Punk Pro Wrestling tweeted.

“Rude Boy Riley will no longer be appearing at ‘May The Villain Reign’ a replacement will be decided soon,” X Battle Club Pro announced on social media.

“XWA has officially severed all ties with James "Rude Boy" Riley,” the New England-based independent wrestling organization tweeted.

Riley has no prior arrests. When reached by InsideEdition.com, his attorney's office declined to comment on the case. 

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