By Ryan Yousefi
A Coral Springs man was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual battery on an underaged victim, ending a seven-plus year stretch of abuse that began when the victim was just 14 years old.
On April 6, Raymond Alexander Ritter, 50, of Coral Springs, was arrested by the Coral Springs Police Department and charged with seven counts of sexual battery of an underage victim.
According to police reports, the abuse started when the victim was a minor, and Ritter took advantage of her vulnerability to groom her for sexual abuse.
The report says the abuse continued for several years, with Ritter allegedly raping the victim multiple times when she was 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 years old, with the abuse only ending once the victim got married.
The report says the victim came forward and gave a sworn recorded statement to the Coral Springs Police on April 4, providing officers with a detailed account of the abuses.
Following the victim’s claims to the police, a controlled call was conducted by the victim to Ritter, during which he admitted to having sexual relations with her. However, he threatened to harm himself and said his life was over.
According to the report, police were notified that Ritter was armed and possibly en route to the school in Margate, where the victim’s mother worked as a teacher.
As a precaution, the school was placed on lockdown, and the school resource officer intercepted the mother before Ritter could reach her. The woman would later inform the police that Ritter had texted her pictures of a gun and bullets.
Due to the threatening manner of Ritter’s comments and texts, a BOLO (Be on The Lookout) was sent out to all units across multiple cities in hopes of locating him before any harm was done.
The report says Ritter was later found by the police in his vehicle near the 11000 block of West Sample Road holding a black Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun.
Ritter has since been charged with seven counts of sexual battery, with additional charges pending. He has been taken into custody and transported to the main jail.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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