Lamar County man jailed for sexual battery

Lamar County man jailed for sexual battery
Michael Ritter

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Lamar County man is behind bars and charged with sexual battery in connection to a Monday incident in the Oak Grove area.

Michael Paul Ritter, 37, was booked in to the Lamar County Jail and charged with one count of sexual battery Wednesday night.

"The incident happened Monday, but it was reported to our department on Wednesday afternoon, we made contact with Ritter and took him into custody and he was charged with one count of sexual battery to a minor," said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

According to Rigel, the alleged incident occurred between Ritter and a 15 year-old female; however Rigel declined to state the relation of the two, if any.

Ritter appeared before Judge William Andrews Wednesday, where his bond was set at $30,000.

Rigel added that the investigation is still is ongoing.