Spiritual Counselor Wins Winston-Salem Trial

Spiritual Counselor Wins Winston-Salem Trial

Winston-salm, N.C. (AP) A former spiritual counselor for a group of women who accused Winston-Sherman High School principal Johnathan Ritter of sexual misconduct has been sentenced to six years in prison and six years of probation.

Ritter, 52, of Winston-Shepard, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

He was convicted in January 2016 on three counts.

The woman, identified only as “Natalie,” said she was 14 years old in 2009 when Ritter invited her to a home party and invited her back to his apartment in Winston-Superior.

Ritter was her babysitter at the time.

The young woman told police that when she arrived, she was naked and “tied up.”

She said she felt violated and wanted to stop the sexual contact.

The girl told police she went into a bedroom, locked the door and told Ritter to stop.

Riter said he didn’t want to stop, but she said he continued touching her.

He then said, “You have to get out of here,” according to court documents.

She told police Ritter began “groping” her and “sucking” her breast.

She said he also told her, “Don’t worry, I’ll fix this.”

Ritter was convicted of unlawful sex with a child.

The court heard that the girl was at a party with friends and that Ritter had taken her to another party in which she had been drinking.

The girl told the court she left after about an hour and was with another friend at a nearby restaurant.

The jury heard that after the party, Ritter returned to her room and she told him she was having a panic attack.

She told Rimmer she needed help, but he said she needed to “get dressed.”

Ritters behavior toward her worsened, the jury heard, and she reported the sexual misconduct to police.

The boy told police he was not aware of any physical contact with the girl, and that he believed he had consensual sex with her.

The trial heard that Riter was a licensed professional counselor and spiritual counselor who was also a board certified counselor in spiritual counseling.

Ritters trial attorney, Jennifer Waggoner, said in court documents that Rittters behavior toward Natalie was not typical of a spiritual counselor.

“When it comes to sexual assault, spiritual counselors should not be expected to be victims,” she said.