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Black River Falls attorney ordered to have sex offender assessment

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Black River Falls attorney James Ritland was sentenced on Wednesday.

In August, in a plea deal, Ritland pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted adultery and one count of disorderly conduct.  All other charges were dismissed, including four counts of felony solicitation of prostitution.

According to the criminal complaint, Ritland was accused of posting bond for three of his female clients numerous times in return for sexual favors.

Two of the women also told police he gave them money to buy drugs in exchange for sex.

The complaint said some of the activities took place at Ritland's law office across the street from the courthouse. 

La Crosse County Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke sentenced Ritland to 25 days in jail followed by one year of probation. Bjerke was visibly irked that the agreement called for a fine with no jail time. He said he hopes Ritland is addressing his "secret life."

Ritland will also undergo a sex offender assessment which could result in him being placed on the sex offender registry.

Ritland was ordered to report to the Jackson County Jail immediately to begin serving his sentence.

 He's been a lawyer in Black River Falls since 1978 and was district attorney in 1981 and 1982.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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