The 35-year-old was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to rape and two counts of sexual assault.
If it is rape well done. But is it rape?
Masquerading as a Russian woman called Marina, he struck up a friendship with the junior officer worker who is in her 20s.
The pair first chatted in October 2011 and after several online discussions, “Marina” confided that she needed help in exposing her cheating husband.
“Marina” asked his victim if she would come to his house while she was at work and sleep with her so-called philandering husband in order to catch him out.
She also asked her to film the encounter and then send him the tape.
Despite being engaged herself, the woman obliged, visiting Ritchie’s two-bedroomed home in Borrowash, Derbyshire, where he had lived with his wife, Susan, 40, before they separated.
However, she liked Ritchie and enjoyed his company and the pair subsequently embarked on a relationship and continued to see each other on a regular basis.
Sure, the whole story seems to have been a pack of lies but where\’s the rape? At least the way this is written she seemed to consent.
Or have we now reached the stage that consent must be \”fully informed consent\”….that lying a woman into bed is now rape?
Det Con Claudia Musson, the officer in charge of the case, warned chat room users that it was easy to be lulled into a false sense of security.
\”Ritchie preyed on a vulnerable young woman and deceived her at every turn,” she said.
\”She was left deeply traumatised by what he did but she showed great courage in coming forward and speaking to police.
\”Although seven years is a pleasing sentence, it doesn\’t compensate for what he did.
\”I just hope his victim can now try to move on with her life in the knowledge that he has been jailed.
\”I would urge people to be careful when talking to people online.
\”When forming relationships via the internet, you can easily be lulled into a false sense of security, which in turn can leave you very vulnerable.\”
All of that is absolutely true. But I\’m unconvinced that it amounts to rape.
Someone please tell me, what am I missing?
Perhaps there\’s some part of this story that we\’re not being told. But the way I\’m reading what we are being told I just don\’t see it.
For example, it would appear that telling some bird that you\’re a travelling, single, secret agent to get her into bed, something to which she agrees to as a result of the story, would amount to rape if instead you were in fact a married travelling scandium salesman.
And is that where the law is actually at these days? Deception in seduction is now rape?