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UPDATE: Former Jackson Co. DA accused of trading drugs for sex is sentenced

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UPDATE: A former Jackson County District Attorney has been sentenced after he was accused of soliciting prostitution and maintaining a drug house. 

Wednesday, James Ritland was ordered to spend 25 days in jail and serve one year of probation. He must also undergo a sex offender evaluation.

He pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors in August in exchange for nine other charges, including five felonies, to be dropped.
 
Three female clients told police that on numerous occasions, Ritland posted their bond in exchange for sexual favors. Two of the women also told police he gave them money to buy drugs in exchange for sex.


August 2017
Jackson County (WQOW)
- A former Jackson County district attorney charged with 12 criminal counts, including soliciting prostitution and maintaining a drug house, has all felony charges dropped as part of a plea deal reached on Wednesday.

According to court records, James Ritland, of Black River Falls, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors, including attempted adultery and disorderly conduct. The rest of the charges, including five felonies, were dismissed.

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.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for December 20.

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