ian. During the build up to the Bush/Blair Iraq invasion, dodgy dossier etc Scott Ritter was a pain in their side.. He disproved everything they said, and cast a light on their dodgy dealings. That was until he was jailed for sex charges. I suspect that he was set up to shut him up. It worked. I just feel that given this, why is he being so vocal on Ukraine. Possibly he’s clean now and learned his lesson, but he could be controlled also. Just a thought.
Former UN weapons inspector found guilty in online sex case
A former United Nations weapons inspector caught in an online sex sting has been found guilty of six charges, including unlawful contact with a minor, after exchanging explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl in an online chatroom and then performing a sex act on himself.
Scott Ritter, 49, exchanged sexual messages with a detective posing as an underage girl and masturbated even after the undercover officer stressed during the chat that she was a minor, prosecutors said.
“The jury reached the right decision,” assistant district attorney Michael Rakaczewski 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 lawyer, Gary Kohlman, commented outside the court in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Ritter, of New York, was one of the UN’s chief weapons inspectors in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. He resigned after accusing the US and UN of failing to get tough with Saddam Hussein. Later, he said Iraq had destroyed its weapons of mass destruction, and he became a vocal critic of the US invasion.
He will be sentenced next month. Each of the five charges carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, but Ritter is likely to get much less under sentencing guidelines.
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 they were required to put aside their personal distaste because “this is not a referendum on whether anybody in the courtroom approves of adult chatrooms”.
He said the case turned on Ritter’s intent.
Ritter took the witness stand on Wednesday and said he believed the person he met in a Yahoo chatroom on 7 February 2009 was an adult acting out her own fantasy.
He was sentenced to 18 to 66 months in jail.