Sex offender arrested on new charge just months after previous conviction

Posted Dec. 02, 2010, at 4:06 p.m.
Scott Brian Ritter. photo courtesy of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office
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Scott Brian Ritter. photo courtesy of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office

NORTHPORT, Maine — Just months after Scott Brian Ritter was sentenced for unlawful sexual conduct in a case that involved a 4-year-old-girl, he was arrested again Wednesday on a charge of gross sexual assault.

If convicted of the Class A felony, Ritter, 23, could be sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison and pay a $50,000 fine.

The charge is connected to an incident that allegedly occurred in Northport in September and involved a girl who was younger than 16, according to Sgt. Dale Brown of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Ritter was arrested without incident by Detective Jason Bosco and was booked at Waldo County Jail in Belfast. He was expected to be transferred to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Brown said.

In September 2009, Ritter was arrested on a charge of unlawful sexual contact. According to a police affidavit filed at that time, Ritter was arrested after admitting to touching a girl inappropriately.

His bail was set at $10,000 cash or $75,000 real estate surety, but he was unable to make bail and so he was jailed after his first court appearance.

In July 2010, Ritter was sentenced in Waldo County Superior Court to four years in prison, with all but nine months suspended, and 12 years of probation.

It was not immediately clear when Ritter was released from jail or if time served since his September arrest was credited to his sentence.

The current charge is a violation of Ritter’s probation conditions, Brown said.

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