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Former Wisconsin prosecutor gets jail time in sex case

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A former Jackson County district attorney accused of posting bonds for women and paying for their drugs in exchange for sexual favors has been sentenced to 25 days in jail.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports that 64-year-old James C. Ritland was sentenced on Wednesday. He’s been a lawyer in Black River Falls since 1978 and was district attorney in 1981 and 1982.

Ritland pleaded no contest in August to two counts of attempted adultery and one count of disorderly conduct — all misdemeanors. All other charges were dismissed, including four counts of felony solicitation of prostitution.

Judge Todd Bjerke was visibly irked that the agreement called for a fine with no jail time. He said he hopes Ritland is dealing with his “secret life.”

Ritland declined to address the court.

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