Ex-Weapons Inspector Scott Rittter Accused In Sex Sting : The Two-Way Former U.N. weapons inspector is accused of indecent contact with a police officer posing as a minor.
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Ex-Weapons Inspector Scott Rittter Accused In Sex Sting

Ritter earlier today. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Ritter earlier today.

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Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been accused by police in Pennsylvania "of contacting what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an Internet chat room, engaging in a sexual conversation and showing himself masturbating on a Web camera," the Pocono Record reports.

The 48-year-old Ritter, who lives near Albany, N.Y., would not speak about the allegation today, the Times Union reports:

"I said there would be no comment," Ritter told reporters gathered at his home this morning. "Why don't you guys just go away?"

The Times Union reminds readers that:

In 2001, Ritter was caught in a similar Internet sex-sting operation after he tried to lure a 16-year-old girl to a Burger King in Menands (N.Y.). The teenager actually was an undercover investigator posing online as a minor as part of the Colonie Police Department's investigation of Internet sex crime, sources told the Times Union at the time. ... Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Preiser agreed to have the case adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, which means that charges would be dropped if Ritter stayed out of trouble for a period of time. The case was later sealed.

As the Associated Press notes, Ritter "resigned in 1998 after seven years as a UN weapons inspector and was a harsh critic of the war in Iraq."

Indeed, Ritter became a favorite of those who were critical of then-president George W. Bush's decision to go to war with Iraq because of his position on the war and his views about the effectiveness of deterrence as a way of keeping Saddam Hussein from developing weapons of mass destruction.