Former jail administrator sentenced to prison

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 01/15/2021, 10:15 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich.) The Michigan Attorney General's office announced that the former jail administrator for Grand Traverse County, Todd Ritter, was sentenced to prison Friday. In December of 2020, Ritter plead guilty to charges including embezzlement by a public official over $50, misconduct in office, and willful neglect of duty. Ritter will spend at least 16 months in prison and Grand Traverse County 13th Circuit Court judge Kevin Elsenheimer has ordered him to pay restitution close to the amount of $11,300. Reports of Ritter's conduct while in his position of jail administrator were brought to light in April of 2019, causing him to be placed on administrative leave. Ritter was accused of using county-owned property inappropriately, and of having inappropriate sexual relationships with female inmates at the Grand Traverse County Jail. In May of 2019, the Grand Traverse Sheriff's office hired an outside legal team to conduct an internal review. Following that review, an investigation into accusations against Ritter was led by the Michigan State Police. In April 2020, Attorney General Dana Nessel agreed to review the case. Nessel was asked to do so by Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Noel Moeggenberg, in order to avoid any conflicts of interest. "Mr. Ritter was tasked with overseeing the care of inmates at the Grand Traverse County Jail and to some degree taxpayer dollars," said Nessel. "He neglected to meet those responsibilities with professionalism and respect for the trust placed in him by the public, and he must now answer for those crimes."


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