Iraqi weapons inspector accused in online sex sting
Facing seven years
A former head of UN weapons inspections in Iraq has been charged with child sex offences after being caught in an online sting.
Scott Ritter was a lone voice insisting Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the war, and remained highly critical of US policy subsequently.
He is accused of using the name Delmarm4fun during a sexually explicit instant messenger conversation with a 15-year-old girl called Emily. Emily was really a a Pennslyvanian police officer.
48-year-old Ritter is accused of exposing himself using a webcam. He also provided a mobile phone number which was later matched to his Nextel account.
He is accused of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communication facility, indecent exposure and criminal solicitation. The Smoking Gun has a copy of the affadavit.
Ritter was accused in a very similar sting operation in 2001, although charges were finally dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Ritter is free on $25,000 bail. The Pocono Record has more. ®
You are forgetting..
Crimes these days are thought crimes.....
I read about this in todays Metro where it stated he was chatting with the "girl" via IM (i.e. no images), he asked for a pic, "she" obliged, he started tossing one off on webcam (note that he was transmitting not rcving), "she" then said she was 15 at which point he said "oh shit" and turned off the webcam.
I know some offences are strict liability, but you can't have strict liability where the "child" is actually an adult who hasn't even posed as a child until the guy has done something that might be illegal if the other party was a child (phew!). If it's not strict liability then he stopped immediately uopn being told the other party was allegedly a child. Can't it both ways I'm afraid.
Just smacks of crushing dissent - it clearly isn't limited to Africa/Russia/China/Zim etc.
That'll learn him.
That'll teach him to disagree with the government lie about "WMD".
Though one does wonder why, after being targeted by police on a previous occasion, he chose to chat to someone else -- only a cynic would suggest that the guy has been effectively framed.