MARION COUNTY DETECTIVES SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AND ARREST SEX OFFENDER
Date: 5/15/2016 12:00:00 AM
Posted: Sheriff's Office
News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 15th, 2016 4:17 PM
Marion County Sheriff's Office Detectives served a search warrant today in the 4900 Block of Trails End Ct SE Salem. A Marion County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy had received information through an initial investigation where the suspect, Edward Charles Ritter, 47 of Salem, had sexually assaulted an adult female victim. During the initial investigation, a second victim was identified, who also is an adult female, and was interviewed by detectives.
The information obtained through both interviews lead detectives to the residence at 4951 Trails End Ct SE where they served a search warrant today. Mr Ritter was ultimately arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges of Rape 1, Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1, Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Private Indecency. Mr Ritter is being held without bail and his arraignment is scheduled for Monday May 16th at 3 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem.
Mr Ritter is a registered sex offender with previous charges of Sex Abuse 2, Sex Abuse 3 and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Detectives believe the suspect used drugs on the victims in order to facilitate the assaults. Detectives also believe there potentially are more victims that have not come forward yet. If you have further information or would like to report an assault regarding this case, please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-540-8079
Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
Public Information Officer Lt. Jeff Stutrud
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