When prosecutors were successful in moving to unseal his New York files and presented evidence from those arrests too, Ritter steadfastly maintained that he was aware, in both instances, that he was talking to undercover cops. He knew his online activities needed to be stopped, Ritter said, so he arranged to meet the officers involved, playing along with the notion that they were teenage girls, so that he could get himself arrested and be forced to face his demons. This would have been a more persuasive defense, perhaps, had one of the arresting detectives not testified that Ritter, upon seeing the police lying in wait for him, tried to evade capture by slamming down the gas pedal and jumping a curb, T.J. Hooker-style.
Intent to masturbate on a webcam in front of someone who is 15? Is it a crime only if he thinks she is 15? What if it's his wife and she's on Y! chat and says "OH YEA BABY IM A 15 YEAR OLD!" and it is a consensual act between two adults. Would that make it legal?
And just to be clear, the judge's ruling determined that he is a violent sexual predator.
Mostly I can't figure out how someone could be dumb enough to get caught three times the same way.
And Eliot Spitzer is the perfect counterargument to "it's all a coincidence," as well. Anthony Weiner, as well. Did these people do what was alleged? Yes. Were they prosecuted specifically because of their "high profile" by a government interested in destroying their credibility: Probably.
we're moving to a word where nobody has any secrets
we're moving to a word where nobody has any secrets so we have to cope with the actual reality of human sexual experience.
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