Just like Ritter, Plumridge engaged in online chat with an undercover police officer posing as a teenage girl, in this case a 13-year-old with the screen name of “Erin Princess Baby.” His defense was simple, according to a forthcoming article in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: “He claimed that he knew the person with whom he was communicating was an older male and he was simply role playing.” At trial, he testified that the covert police operative inadvertently supplied various content cues as to his true age and gender.
For example, he signed off by saying "see ya later alligator," something no self-respecting 21st-century girl would say.
Then came that fateful day in February 2009 on which, in a Yahoo chat room for adults, he conversed with “Emily.” Although she told him she was 15, Emily was actually a small-town police officer, trolling for sexual predators online.
After doing his usual thing of masturbating in front of the webcam, Ritter announced he was signing off to take a shower.
Not so fast, retorted the officer: Ritter turned himself in.
Sinking deeper into depression, he fled into chat rooms, where he arranged rendezvous with adult women willing to watch him masturbate.
weapons inspector, was among the most vocal in insisting that the Bush administration fabricated its claims of “weapons of mass destruction” in order to justify the U. Instead, he lost his career and his life gradually unraveled.
Ritter didn’t receive much public gratitude for his efforts to avert a costly and destructive war.
At first, the meetings took place in cars or out-of-the-way places.
At his trial, he testified that he never for a moment believed he was talking to a minor; he assumed he was chatting with a bored housewife pretending to be 15.
Unfortunately for Ritter, jurors were told of his two prior arrests in similar cases, for which he was never prosecuted.