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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ind. Law - NWI Times begins two-part series on allegations of misconduct against area man [Updated]

Part 1 of today's lengthy NWI Times story by Marisa Kwiatkowski is headed "Man faced myriad sexual misconduct allegations in decades-long career working with children." It begins:

Michael Ritchie has been entrusted with the care of hundreds of children in his decades-long career.

The 61-year-old has worked as a teacher, Special Olympics coach, scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, basketball coach, chess club sponsor and employee at a facility for developmentally disabled people, according to employment, court and police records obtained by The Times.

Where Ritchie has gone, allegations of misconduct have followed.

Yet Ritchie has never been convicted of a crime, is not a registered sex offender and still has a valid teaching license, according to police and Indiana Department of Education records.

He's resigned from at least two local school districts amid accusations of inappropriately touching children, police and court records show. He also ran a website dedicated to pictures of young boys and has admitted having romantic fantasies about them, according to court records.

[Updated 1/21/13] Here is Part 2.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 20, 2013 07:17 PM
Posted to Indiana Law