He resigned after accusing the United States and UN of failing to get tough with Saddam Hussein.
Later, he said that Iraq had destroyed its weapons of mass destruction, and he became a vocal critic of the US-led invasion.
(Telegraph) The former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been convicted of unlawful contact with a minor for exchanging explicit messages in an online chat room with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl.
Ritter, 49, exchanged messages with a detective posing as an underage girl and masturbated, even after the undercover officer stressed during the chat that he was a minor, Pennsylvania prosecutors said.
Ritter was one of the UN’s chief weapons inspectors in Iraq from 1991 to 1998.
“The jury reached the right decision,” Michael Rakaczewski, the assistant district attorney, said after the verdict.
“They saw the case for what it is and the defendant for what he is and what he did.” Neither Ritter nor his attorney, Gary Kohlman, commented outside court. Each of the five felony counts carries a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison, but Ritter is likely to get much less under sentencing guidelines.
He met his second wife, Marina, a translator, while assigned as a counterintelligence officer in the former Soviet Union. Remember Scott Ritter […] As a fervent Bush critic with a military background, United Nations credentials, and (best of all) some history as a Republican, Ritter was extremely useful to the anti-war Left, which absolutely lionized him. His offenses caught up with him in a Pennsylvania court on Friday, where a jury found him guilty on six counts of unlawful contact with a minor. Like Cindy Sheehan, John Edwards, and other hard-Left superheroes, he stopped being interesting when he stopped being useful.
“Few people were as right about the Iraq War as Scott Ritter was,” declared liberal writer Glenn Greenwald, adding that it was “difficult to imagine someone with greater credentials and credibility who ought to have been listened to on those issues.” At the Daily Kos, they called him “one of the few who called bulls**t on Bushco’s claims of WMDs in Iraq… His media perch as the pre-eminent Bush critic crumbled to dust overnight. He was taken down in an online sting operation, when he used a webcam to show himself having inappropriate contact with his own naked body to someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl. I recently chatted with a teenager (16) on one of web messengars.