Crime

Man sentenced for sexually abusing 8-year-old in St. Clair County

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.
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Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.

A 67-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a minor last year.

Michael S. Ritz, of Hillsboro, was found guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault on Thursday, State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said.

According to Kelly, Ritz sexually penetrated a then-8-year-old girl in unincorporated St. Clair County in 2017.

The case was investigated by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.

“The victim was brave in coming forward,” Kelly said. “This is a strong sentence from the court and will keep the defendant right where he belongs.”

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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