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[casi] Scott Ritter privately prosecuted in 2001

Dear list,

The NY Daily News (via the village voice) published an article by Joe
Mahoney claiming that Scotter Ritter was in trouble with the law for
chatting up - who he thought was an underaged girl - on the internet. This
claim she and Ritter discussed inappropriate (sexual) content.

Does anyone know if this is a fact or can verify the sources (i.e. Colonie).


UN's Ritter faced sex rap

ALBANY - Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter was secretly prosecuted in
Albany County in 2001 after he was snared in an Internet sex sting
operation, law enforcement sources told the Daily News.

Ritter, who lives in the Albany suburb of Delmar, is now a high-profile
critic of  President Bush's war preparations.

He was arrested by Colonie Police in June 2001 on a misdemeanor charge after
he allegedly had a sexual discussion on the Internet with an undercover
investigator he thought was an underage girl, law enforcement sources
disclosed on condition of anonymity.

The case was sealed, and Colonie officials declined to release the arrest
records, explaining the matter was adjourned in local court in contemplation
of dismissal.

The Schenectady Daily Gazette reported yesterday that Albany District
Attorney Paul Clyne fired veteran Assistant District Attorney Cynthia
Preiser last week for failing to inform him of the case against Ritter.

Clyne said that as a "sensitive" case, it should have been brought to his

Ritter, who has made frequent appearances on network television after
speaking to the Iraq National Assembly last year, could not be reached for
Joe Mahoney

Originally published on January 19, 2003

~ Anai Rhoads

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