Oconee County Court sentenced Richard Rittmayer to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor and will be placed on the Sex Offender Registry as well as the DSS Central Registry.
In September 2014, Walhalla Police were called to James M. Brown Elementary for a 4-year-old student that told a staff member about the sexual abuse.
The Solicitor’s Office says Rittmayer confessed to police that he had sexually abused the child in July of 2014 and that he had been drinking heavily and taking pills at the time.
“Richard Rittmayer’s actions were sick and twisted,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol does not justify his actions. The victim in this case deserves justice and with today’s guilty plea this defendant will spend the next decade and a half in prison. We hope that that this young child will now know that she is safe and Rittmayer cannot hurt her any more.”