June 24, 2018
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Accused rapist returned to jail on prior conviction

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

A man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl just months after he was convicted of molesting a child was ordered this week to serve the remaining 39 months of his suspended sentence on the previous offense.

Scott Brian Ritter, 23, of Belfast unexpectedly agreed Monday via video link from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset to a motion to revoke his probation on the prior conviction of unlawful sexual touching, according to Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker.

Judge John David Kennedy ordered Ritter to serve his remaining sentence in prison while awaiting prosecution on the current charge, Walker said.

Ritter had been asked to either admit or deny the motion to revoke his probation during an initial appearance, Walker said.

“It’s somewhat unusual for a person to come in and admit, at such an early stage, especially when they’re facing significant incarceration as a result,” Walker said. “It was unexpected that he would admit so quickly.”

Ritter had been out of prison on probation when he was arrested by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 1 and charged with Class A gross sexual assault.

According to a police affidavit released last week, Ritter told police he forced a 12-year-old he was living with to have sex with him in September.

“Scott said that he knew [the girl] was 12 years old and was sorry for forcing [her] to have sex,” the police affidavit stated. “Scott said he knew that it was wrong and he knew that [the girl] did not want him doing what he was doing as she told him no.”

Since his Dec. 1 arrest, the convicted sex offender has been held at Two Bridges on $50,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. He now awaits transfer to the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Walker said the state will continue to prosecute Ritter on the current felony offense, which is punishable by up to 30 years in jail and a fine of up to $50,000.

Ritter made his first court appearance on that charge Friday and entered no plea.

Ritter was convicted in July of unlawful sexual touching involving a 4-year-old in 2009, according to court documents. He was given a four-year sentence with all but nine months suspended and was ordered to serve 12 years of probation.

He also was released from jail in July but admitted last month to violating his probation by drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. For that violation, he served another 24 days in jail before his release Nov. 26.

He was arrested on the charge of gross sexual assault just days later.

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