GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel
Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel

A 53-year-old Camden County man entered guilty pleas on Friday to second-degree attempted sexual assault, second-degree attempted luring and third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child, for engaging in sexually explicit conversations and for sending sexually explicit webcam videos of himself to a Prosecutor’s Office detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.

On Aug. 2, 2010, William Ritchie, of Gloucester City, traveled from his home to Mays Landing to meet the girl but instead was met by members of the Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit. Ritchie met “the girl” in an Internet chat room at the end of July and had several sexually explicit conversations with her before arranging to meet her, according to Assistant Prosecutor Janet Gravitz, who represented the state.

During the plea hearing the defendant acknowledged that he chatted online with an individual who he thought was a 14-year-old girl and sent her sexually explicit videos of himself before arranging to meet her on Aug. 2, 2010, Assistant Prosecutor Gravitz said.

According to the terms of the plea agreement, Ritchie faces 12 years in prison and must serve five years before being eligible for parole. Upon release, he is subject to Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life.

Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio presided over the plea hearing and will sentence the defendant at a later date.

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