Teen testifies against Bethlehem teac...

Teen testifies against Bethlehem teacher: Teen testifies Bethle...

There are 13 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 3, 2009, titled Teen testifies against Bethlehem teacher: Teen testifies Bethle.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A 14-year-old boy told a Pike County magistrate judge today that a long-time Boy Scout volunteer and Bethlehem teacher sexually assaulted him on at least two occasions last fall.

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Mary

Fort Lee, NJ

#1 Mar 3, 2009
What was the outcome of the Liberty JV baseball coach who had a inappropriate relationship with one of his players ?.

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#2 Mar 3, 2009
This is one brave kid. Kudos to him for having the you-know-what to stand up in court and accuse his tormentor. I'm sure I never would have had the fortitude to do such a thing at age 14. I wish him luck and I hope the courts can reveal the truth.
New Law

Roseland, NJ

#3 Mar 3, 2009
What were this kids parents thinking? Never fails.
Wiley Coyote

United States

#4 Mar 3, 2009
Mary wrote:
What was the outcome of the Liberty JV baseball coach who had a inappropriate relationship with one of his players ?.
He's dating Ritter and in court with him, I swear!
Oh and his name is Schaffer, he runs the Beth Twp Community center,I think.

Since: Mar 07

Greenville, SC

#5 Mar 3, 2009
"District Magistrate Jay R. Rose decided there is enough evidence against Ritter ........"

What evidence? The word of one kid?
There had better be more than this.
Sam

United States

#6 Mar 3, 2009
What concerns me is if a child is not telling the truth and the person is innocent, his/her career is ruined. Now I don't know if this is the case in this area, but we should all think about it. If he is guilty then he needs to be taken off the streets very quickly. I just wonder if some kids just want to get revenge for other reasons versus what they are saying.
Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Williamstown, NJ

#7 Mar 3, 2009
After about an hour of testimony, District Magistrate Jay R. Rose decided there is enough evidence against Ritter to send charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, indecent assault, attempt to commit unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

What evidence? Did I miss something or can this 14 year old boy destroy this man's life with a story he made up? Shouldn't there be an investigation into this man's house, his computer, what photos he might have laying around the house? Is it too far from the realm of possibility that this kid could have a personally vendetta against this man? These are not charges that you just walk away from. Weather this man did or did not engage in sextual behavior with this boy will not matter if the story comes out that the boy made the whole thing up. This man's life would be over anyway. From this article I can not tell if this story was collaborated with any evidence. If this story this boy testified to is the truth then this man should be destroyed by the boy's father.

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#8 Mar 3, 2009
I do agree that more evidence is certainly needed to convict. But, the damage is already done.
Not in My School

United States

#9 Mar 3, 2009
They have the lewd text messages that Ritter sent to the kid as well. They were intercepted by his mother. This information was in previous stories.
Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Williamstown, NJ

#11 Mar 4, 2009
The picture of this guy in today's article says it all. He did it.
Professor Chaos

Marcus Hook, PA

#12 Mar 4, 2009
Big Blue Wrecking Crew wrote:
The picture of this guy in today's article says it all. He did it.
Word. The glasses are a dead giveaway....and that a full body condom he's wearing on his head?
Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Williamstown, NJ

#13 Mar 4, 2009
Professor Chaos wrote:
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Word. The glasses are a dead giveaway....and that a full body condom he's wearing on his head?
Word? Were you in Crush Grove?
Professor Chaos

Marcus Hook, PA

#14 Mar 5, 2009
Big Blue Wrecking Crew wrote:
<quoted text>
Word? Were you in Crush Grove?
Had a stint with Whodini back in the day, yo.

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