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He testified in his own defense that he believed the person he met in a Yahoo chat room in 2009 was an adult acting out her own fantasy.

But a northeastern Pennsylvania jury convicted Ritter in April. On Wednesday, a Monroe County judge sentenced him to 18 to 66 months in state prison. Ritter was arrested immediately.

Ritter was one of the chief U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq from 1991 to 1998.

WEST VIRGINIA

Ex-security official convicted in mine probe

BECKLEY | The former head of security at a West Virginia mine has been convicted of impeding the investigation into a 2010 explosion that killed 29 men.

A federal jury in Beckley found Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, guilty Wednesday of lying to investigators and disposing of thousands of security-related documents after the explosion. He was the first person criminally prosecuted in the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in decades.

The jury began deliberating Wednesday morning after hearing two days of testimony in which prosecutors painted Stover as an obstructionist and defense attorneys claimed he was a scapegoat.

The jury was told that investigators retrieved boxes of security documents that Stover ordered dumped into the trash. Stover testified that he did not know he was committing a crime when he ordered that the documents be thrown out.