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Ritter

Ritter

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COURTOFCOMMONPLEASOFMONROECOUNTY
FORTY~THIRD
JUDICIALDISTRICTCOMMONWEALTHOFPENNSYLVANIA
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DavidChristine,Jr.,DistrictAttorneyofMonroeCounty,AttorneyfortheCommonwealth,byandthroughMichaelRakaczewski,AssistantDistrictAttorney,andfilesthefollowingbriefasfollows:
I.
STATEMENTOFFACTS:
OnoraboutFebruary7,2009,theDefendantcontactedDetectiveRyanVennemanviatheinternetwhileDetetctiveVennemanhadassumedtheidentifyof'Emily".a15yearoldminorfemale,After"Emily"identifiedherselfasa15yearoldgirlfromthePoconos,theDefendantaskedhertosharepictures,whileheindicatedhehadawebcam.Shesentphotostohimtowhichhecommented"veryverycute"[ChatLog
2/7/09
124314PM].TheDefendantasked"Emily"ifherex-boyfriendtook"anytraditional'ex'pics?"ofher,[ChatLog2/7/091:05:20PM]inferringifhetookanynude/provocativephotosofthe15year
old'.
After"Emily"indicatedhedid
I
theDefendantrequestedthatshesharethemwithhim.[ChatLog
217/09
1:06:40
PM].The
Defendantasked
if
"Emily"hadanymorepies.Aftershesentan
Ihcse
tj
peofphotoshavebecomearecentphenomenaamongyouthfule-rnailersandtexters,commonlyreferred
to
as"sexting",Seeattachedexhibit"A".
 
additionalphoto,theDefendantindicatedtoher"that'lgetareaction"[ChatLog
217109
1:17:11PM].Hethenindicatedhewas"waitingfor["Emily"]toputuparotherpicsoIcancontiueto'react'"[ChatLog
2/7109
1:19:38PM].Whenquestionedaboutwhathemeant,hethenindicatedhereacted"belowthescreen"[ChatLog
217109
1:20:18PM].TheDefendantthenaskes"Emily""didyourexeverplayforyouoncam?"[ChatLog
2f7109
1:21:02PM).Heindicateshehasa"bigreactionhere"[ChatLog
2/7/09
1:22:25PM].Whenaskedwhathemeans,theDefendantstates"wheremyhandsare"[ChatLog
217109
1:22:51PM)thenindicatinghishandsare"downlower"[ChatLog
217109
1:23:12PM].TheDefendantthenasks"Emily"if"youwanttoseemore"{ChatLog
217109
1
:~~3:43PM].Hethenmasturbates,exposinghimselfovertheinternetto"Emily".TheDefendantcontinuestoengageinverysexuallyexplicitcommunicationswith"Emily"includingaskingher
if
shetastedherex-boyfriendspenis,herfavoritesexualposition,
if
herex-boyfriendejaculatedinher,
if
heusedacondom,andifsheperformedoralsexonhim."Emily"tellstheDefendantthatshedoesn'twantthemtogetintroublebecauseoftheirages,towhichtheDefendantagreessaving"ok"[ChatLog
2/7/09
1:39:23PM).TheDefendantthenasksherageagainstating"187"[ChatLog
2/7109
1:42:53PM]towhich"Emily"againstatesthatsheis"15"[ChatLog
2/7/09
1:42:59PM],TheDefendantstates"aha","mybad","didn'trealizeyouwere15.,."[ChatLog
2/7/091:43:02
PM
-1:43:59
PM].Helaterasks"youwanttoseeitfinish?"[ChatLog
2/7/09
1
:46:40
PMJ."Emily"agreesandtheDefendantturnshiswebcambackonandejaculates.
 
AcriminalcomplaintwasfiledagainstthisDefendantonOctober16,2009.HehadapreliminaryarraignmentonNovember9,2009andhispreliminaryhearingonOctober16,2009,atwhichtimehewaivedhischargestocourt.TheDefendantwasformallyarraignedattheCourthouseonJanuary11,
2010.
TheDefendantindicatedhewascallingtwoexpertstotestify2asfollows:MarcusLawsonregarding:1.ProperundercoverproceduresInconductingonlinechatinvestigations;
2.
Yahoochatrooms:Whattheyare,howtheyarecreated,howusersacquireprofiles,howchatroomsareaccessedbytheusersoncetheyhaveprofilesandthetermsoftheYahooServieAgreement,and3.TheresultsofaforensicreviewofMr.Ritter'shouseholdcomputers.DoctorRichardHamillregarding:1Theabilityofconsentingparticipantsinadultinternetchatroomstofantasizeandassumethatotheradultparticipantsaredoinglikewise.TheCommonwealthfiledaMotioninLimineseekingtoprohibit/limitthepurportedexperts'testimony.
II.
QUESTIONSPRESENTED:
ShouldtheMotioninLiminebegrantedtoprohibiUlimitthepurportedexperts'testimony?SuggestedAnswer:Yes.
III.
ARGUMENT:
~Thrs
refers
totheDefendant's
proffer
ascontainedinhis
letter
datedAugust24,20IO.Attachedasexhibit
"U'

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