INDICTMENT HANDED DOWN IN CHILD LURING CASE

An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted a Camden County man today on charges of second-degree attempted luring and second-degree attempted sexual assault, for engaging in sexually explicit conversations and 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, William Ritchie 52, of Gloucester City, traveled from his home in Camden County to Mays Landing to meet the girl but instead was met by members of the Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit. In addition to attempted luring and attempted sexual assault, the defendant was indicted on charges of third-degree attempted endangering and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual contact, according to Assistant Prosecutor Janet Gravitz who presented the case to the Grand Jury.

It is alleged in the 11-count indictment, that 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.

If convicted, Ritchie could face up to 10 years in prison and $150,000 in fines.