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VERDICT: Former UN weapons inspector Ritter guilty of unlawful contact with minor
Pocono Record ^ | April 14, 2011 | Pocono Record

Posted on 04/14/2011 5:22:09 PM PDT by John W

Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been found guilty of unlawful contact with minors and five lesser charges after a three-day trial in Monroe County Court on charges stemming from an online sex sting.

Ritter, 49, of Delmar, N.Y., was found guilty of unlawful contact with a minor for masturbating on a Web camera and engaging in a sexually graphic online chat with an undercover Barrett Township police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl in 2009.

The jury deliberated for more than six hours after the prosecution and defense both gave closing arguments in the morning.

During the trial, the defense portrayed Ritter as a family man and decorated veteran, even suggesting he could be a victim of a conspiracy for his outspoken criticism of the 2003 Iraq war. Ritter's legal team tore apart the techniques used by Barrett Township officer Ryan Venneman in conducting the sting.

Meanwhile, the prosecution pointed to similar accusations surrounding Ritter in New York state back in 2001. In both incidents, he was accused of arranging to meet with teenage girls – who turned out to be undercover cops.

Ritter was never arrested in the first case, receiving only a warning, and the charges were later dropped in the second incident after he agreed to seek professional help.

Ritter said his controversial 1998 resignation from his U.N. job drove him into a self-destructive depression that led to those incidents. He said he knew the teenage girls he met online were really undercover officers.

As to the most recent charges against him, Ritter said he once again was feeling depressed, but thought the “girl” he was chatting with was really an adult playing out a fantasy of being a teen who likes older men.

Ritter, 49, of Delmar, N.Y., was the U.N.'s chief weapons inspector in Iraq following the first Gulf War. He accused the United States government and U.N. of failing to take action when Iraq blocked inspectors from suspected weapons sites in 1998, leading to his resignation.

But he later became an outspoken critic of the 2003 Iraq war, insisting the country had destroyed its weapons of mass destruction.

Check back at PoconoRecord.com for more on the verdict.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: burgerking; childpredator; cultureofcorruption; internetsting; iraqwar; saddamsstooge; scottritter; sexting

1 posted on 04/14/2011 5:22:14 PM PDT by John W
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To: John W

Total silence from Wee Willy Pitt.....


2 posted on 04/14/2011 5:27:31 PM PDT by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: John W

He’s done this sort of thing with underage girls before, and it was covered up.


3 posted on 04/14/2011 5:30:02 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: John W
Ritter's legal team tore apart the techniques used by Barrett Township officer Ryan Venneman in conducting the sting.

I guess they didn't tear apart enough of the officer's techniques, since the guy was found guilty...

4 posted on 04/14/2011 5:30:47 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: John W
Too much in one sentence. Leaves me not knowing if it was the officer who was posing, or Ritter who was posing. Remember, there's this image of him masturbating on camera, so the question becomes how did Ritter pretend to be a 15 year old girl on camera?

If he could do that no one is safe eh!

5 posted on 04/14/2011 5:31:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Still, we know about those other times because the “cover ups” didn’t work ~


6 posted on 04/14/2011 5:32:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Emperor Palpatine

It’s speculated that Sadam supplied him with a bevy of young flesh to obtain the desired inspection results.


7 posted on 04/14/2011 5:33:50 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: John W

There are no 15 yo girls on the internet...


8 posted on 04/14/2011 5:37:15 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 812 of our national holiday from reality. - That 3 AM phone call? Voicemail...)
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To: John W

This is sooooo sweeeet.

He was a creeeep.


9 posted on 04/14/2011 5:46:32 PM PDT by x1stcav (Obama: The Mistake of '08.)
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To: Rebelbase

Maybe he thought he would get 72 young virgins.


10 posted on 04/14/2011 5:52:48 PM PDT by streetpreacher (I'm not a preacher of anything; I'm just a recipient and unworthy steward of God's grace.)
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To: John W

So, this guy who showed up an the news saying there were no WMD’s is a pervert.

So, why is this NOW in the open? Does he know OTHER stuf and needs to be discredited??

What is the rest of this story? It is too convenient.


11 posted on 04/14/2011 5:56:41 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: John W


12 posted on 04/14/2011 6:01:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

One is left to wonder if Scott Ritter changed his story on Iraq because possibly Saddam held such incriminating evidence against this man.


13 posted on 04/14/2011 6:07:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: muawiyah

um...it wasn’t Ritter posing as a 15 year old girl....it was a cop.


14 posted on 04/14/2011 6:09:10 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Emperor Palpatine

He went in person to a Burger King to meet a “date” one time. That’s more pro-active that just online solicitation.


15 posted on 04/14/2011 6:09:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: DeathBeforeDishonor1

Skinner is weeping..


16 posted on 04/14/2011 6:09:49 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: JoeProBono
Pedophile / Pervert / Sex Offender


17 posted on 04/14/2011 6:23:13 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

And burned twice stupid


18 posted on 04/14/2011 6:25:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: RightOnline

Just commenting on the very long sentence. It’s like the guy who got shot in the lobby


19 posted on 04/14/2011 6:33:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: TruthConquers
This is not a new story. He was caught way back when. Now he's been tried in a court and found guilty.

Everybody who is anybody knows Ritter is a perv.

20 posted on 04/14/2011 6:34:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Another victim of Arab boy/goat love addiction.


21 posted on 04/14/2011 7:02:22 PM PDT by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: John W

It still smells and sounds like entrapment to me. What he did in the past is just that. He was lured, teased and enticed into the behaviour that eventually convicted him. Then again, where do you draw the line between investigation and anything else?

WITCH HUNT, because nothing else could be pinned on him.


22 posted on 04/14/2011 7:09:40 PM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: John W

But the “girl” he was chatting with WAS an adult pretending to be a teen who liked older men.

Ritter is arguably as sleazebag, but the notion that online chat, even video chat including lewd behavior, with someone who is not in fact a minor constitutes unlawful contact with a minor is a perversion of reason, law and justice. Evidently thinking about having sex with a nubile 15 year old is now a thoughtcrime.


23 posted on 04/14/2011 7:35:45 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: muawiyah
Remember, there's this image of him masturbating on camera, so the question becomes how did Ritter pretend to be a 15 year old girl on camera?


24 posted on 04/14/2011 7:45:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TruthConquers
So, this guy who showed up an the news saying there were no WMD’s is a pervert.

So, why is this NOW in the open? Does he know OTHER stuf and needs to be discredited??

What is the rest of this story? It is too convenient.

I thought nobody would ever ask.

You see, while he was searching for the WMDs,

...he found the birth certificate.

Cheers!

25 posted on 04/14/2011 8:18:30 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: muawiyah

I got that from the story.

But the last time it was shushed up.

Not now. I was wondering, since I don’t think that kind of thing is a coincidence.


26 posted on 04/14/2011 8:20:05 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: grey_whiskers

LOL!!!


27 posted on 04/14/2011 8:21:37 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: The_Reader_David; Darksheare; darkwing104; Old Sarge
Ritter is arguably as sleazebag, but the notion that online chat, even video chat including lewd behavior, with someone who is not in fact a minor constitutes unlawful contact with a minor is a perversion of reason, law and justice. Evidently thinking about having sex with a nubile 15 year old is now a thoughtcrime.

So...it's cool with you if a pervert pays to a screw a 20 year old prostitute when he believes he's a 14 year old. Is it cool if he's paying for a gal they claim is 19 when she's really 15?

You paleoFReepers amaze me!

28 posted on 04/14/2011 8:34:42 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: John W

29 posted on 04/14/2011 9:42:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ('As a kid, I got three meals a day: Oatmeal, miss-a-meal, and no meal.' Mr. T)
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To: John W

Its about time, and how many years did that take...pervert employed by UN


30 posted on 04/14/2011 9:44:37 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: JoeProBono

Sheesh,that man is a true jack of all trades.


31 posted on 04/14/2011 10:45:45 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (It's weird to see LIBERAL CNN turn hardcore CONSERVATIVE pro-nuke power folks into anti-nuke freaks)
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To: John W

“the defense portrayed Ritter as a family man ...”

Yep, just your average dedicated family man who picks up minors online. Repeatedly.


32 posted on 04/14/2011 11:13:43 PM PDT by EDINVA (wh)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Actually, my objection was to the tactics of the state in this case. If the state wants to skate this close to entrapment to catch ephebophiles, they could at least provide part-time jobs to teenagers so that those caught would actually be guilty of unlawful contact with a minor. Should someone be guilty of grand theft because they thought the thing they were stealing was worth $100,000, when in fact it was worth $0.50? I think not. No more is online chat with an adult unlawful contact with a minor, even if the one chatting thinks he’s chatting with a minor.

I also do have problems with the bizarre state of sexual mores as reflected in the law. What would be sensible would be to outlaw fornication. If our society is not willing to do so, the fiction that sexually mature human beings are “children” because they have not reached some arbitrarily defined age is an absurd basis for the definition of crimes. To extend those crimes to include crimes on the basis of pretended age is even more outrageous, and as I said, a perversion of reason, law and justice.


33 posted on 04/15/2011 6:49:22 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: John W

Just another immoral liberal jerkoff


34 posted on 04/16/2011 4:36:16 AM PDT by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: The_Reader_David

Thou protesteth too much. Did David Hansen catch you on camera once on Dateline?


35 posted on 04/16/2011 4:45:58 AM PDT by Yaelle
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