Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Arrested in Sex Sting

Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter, 48, has been arrested in a Pennsylvania sex sting involving a lewd Internet conversation with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl. The charges are reportedly supported by a videotape of Ritter that (if true) makes a plea likely.

Ritter achieved fame as the chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991-98 and a critic of the war in Iraq. Conservatives attacked him at the time for his views, which were largely vindicated. However, Ritter was hounded by his past and his alleged habit of incriminating himself to undercover officers. He was reportedly charged in a June 2001 sex sting in New York. While dismissed, those charges reportedly involve attempted child endangerment with a person he thought was a 16-year-old girl at a fast-food restaurant. The girl was actually an undercover police officer. News reports also allege that he was arrested in April 2001 in a case involving a 14-year-old girl. Again, he was never charged.

The facts of the current arrest are pretty disgusting so I will allow the original article fill in the details. Judging from the facts and videotape described in this arrest, this is not likely to result in another dismissal. Indeed, if true, most lawyers would push for a plea.

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24 thoughts on “Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Arrested in Sex Sting”

  1. he needs to be in prison for more than 7yrs.and sex offender list for life.2001 and he isn’t going to change with out jail and professional help.

  2. I do understand that the article starts off with the recent arrest in PA, but the rest of the article is not about that. You have the intro to the story and then it goes back to 2001, and then ends. WTF?

  3. This story confuses me. It doesnt talk about a RECENT arrest, it talks about a 2001 case that he was never charged with. Wheres the part about the recent activity?

  4. Ritter writes a column for truthdig, the last one dated 8 Jan.

    It starts: “The ‘war on terror’ is a self-perpetuating problem with no solution. Worse, it ultimately will destroy America, not from any actions by whatever ‘enemy’ America conjures up, but rather from the actions undertaken by America itself.”

    Presumably that was the last straw.

    Something tells me he won’t be allowed internet service if incarcerated.

  5. I was wondering about his whereabouts as had not heard his views on the current world events for a while.

  6. The sinister side says, send him to confession and have Father Nelson give him a full Hershey Bar.

  7. Further proof that one can be right on certain issues and so wrong on others. We need to stop ascribing perfection to those we agree with.

  8. He’d probably need to lay off the war criticisms, though, since that’s their bread and butter! 😉

  9. He needs to work his way up in the elite secret societies — then his penchant for teenage girls would be a welcome part of the scene instead of something to worry about. And since he would be part of the clique that controls both the laws and their enforcement, no need to worry.

  10. Does he really have a “habit of incriminating himself to undercover officers” or does “law enforcement” have a habitual mandate to silence voices that accurately describe the nature of our criminal empire?

  11. I think he can honestly say he has now found a weapon of mass destruction, in his pants.

    He should be confined to playing games of pocket pool but I’m sure he would only confuse himself with trying to figure out if it’s a home game or an away game.

  12. eniobob,

    Lest we forget the artistic debt owed to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.

  13. When ever I saw him on TV giving his views,he seemed to be a very credible voice.I guess he represents what filmakers that brought us “Dracula and the Werewolf”were trying to tell us about certain human behavior.Wether they realised it or not at the time.

  14. He may be one sick puppy, but unfortunately if he claims innocence, what is the attorneys role exactly? I think the Rules of Professional Responsibility/Ethics mandate that the client is the party that makes the decisions and the attorney makes sure those choices are within the bounds of PR and the trial stragety is of course the attorneys.

    With the above said, he is being afforded due process. But for his being arrested in PA he would not have made it this far on some states. He might have become bait, a weight, a speed bump, land fill or something along those lines.

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