Nampa man pleads guilty in child sex abuse case

Nampa man pleads guilty in child sex abuse case

Credit: Canyon County Jail

Joshua Ritchie, 23, is charged with lewd conduct with a minor.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:32 AM

NAMPA -- A 23-year-old former daycare employee from Nampa has pleaded guilty to multiple felonies related to inappropriate sexual conduct with young boys.

Joshua Curtis Ritchie pleaded guilty Friday to nine counts of lewd conduct, one count of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The charges cover behavior police say occurred in 2009 and 2010.

In exchange for the pleas, Canyon County prosecutors agreed not to file additional charges related to encounters with other victims.

Police began investigating the case in August after a mother complained her 5-year-old son has been touched inappropriately by Ritchie.

He is being held in jail on a $2.5 million bond and is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 28. He faces up to life in prison.

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