UN Weapons inspector convicted of online sex chat with Minor

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UN Weapons inspector convicted of online sex chat with Minor

Postby Todd » Fri May 13, 2011 1:33 am

Weapons inspector Scott Ritter convicted over online sex chat with underage girl

The former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been convicted of unlawful contact with a minor for exchanging explicit messages in an online chat room with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl.

Ritter, 49, exchanged messages with a detective posing as an underage girl and masturbated, even after the undercover officer stressed during the chat that he was a minor, Pennsylvania prosecutors said.

A jury found Ritter guilty of a total of six counts including indecent exposure and criminal attempt to corrupt a minor.

Ritter was one of the UN's chief weapons inspectors in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. He resigned after accusing the United States and UN of failing to get tough with Saddam Hussein.

Later, he said that Iraq had destroyed its weapons of mass destruction, and he became a vocal critic of the US-led invasion.

"The jury reached the right decision," Michael Rakaczewski, the assistant district attorney, said after the verdict. "They saw the case for what it is and the defendant for what he is and what he did."

Neither Ritter nor his attorney, Gary Kohlman, commented outside court.

Sentencing is for next month. Each of the five felony counts carries a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison, but Ritter is likely to get much less under sentencing guidelines.

Mr Kohlman acknowledged in his closing argument that jurors were likely to be "troubled and offended" by the graphic chat and video of Ritter that prosecutors played, but said they were required to put aside their personal distaste because "this is not a referendum on whether anybody in the courtroom approves of adult chat rooms".

Ritter took the witness stand in his own defence Wednesday and said he believed the person he met in a Yahoo chat room on Feb. 7, 2009, was an adult acting out her own fantasy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... -girl.html
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