His claim that he knew that he was actually talking to undercover police in both cases likely strained the credulity of jurors, who convicted him in the case of "Emily." After hearing testimony from a government evaluator who called Ritter a sexually violent predator, the judge sentenced him late last year to a prison term of 18 months to five and a half years.Fantasy defense succeeds in Queensland Had it not been for his two earlier cases, Ritter's defense might not have been all that far-fetched.For example, he signed off by saying "see ya later alligator," something no self-respecting 21st-century girl would say.
Then came that fateful day in February 2009 on which, in a Yahoo chat room for adults, he conversed with "Emily." Although she told him she was 15, Emily was actually a small-town police officer, trolling for sexual predators online. At his trial, he testified that he never for a moment believed he was talking to a minor; he assumed he was chatting with a bored housewife pretending to be 15.Thus, the claims of Plumridge and Ritter, that they knew they were chatting with adults but ignored that reality for purposes of fantasy role-playing, appear to have some scientific basis.As law enforcement officers increasingly partake in trolling the internet for sexual predators in their spare time, it is probably only a matter of time before the Bond University study is introduced into court as evidence.The study, "No one Knows you're a Dog on the Internet: Implications for Proactive Police Investigation of Sexual Offenders," has been accepted for publication in "At his trial, he testified that he never for a moment believed he was talking to a minor; he assumed he was chatting with a bored housewife pretending to be 15." In hindsight, his perception was the TRUE REALITY. He was baited by a bored police officer pretending to be 15.