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Texas man gets life without parole for sex with girl, 14

Published On: May 16 2014 08:53:33 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2014 12:46:31 PM CDT
Robert Ritz
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

A 43-year-old man who had a year-long sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he met online has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole under a relatively new law that targets people who transport young victims for sex.

A jury in Hays County in suburban Austin this week sentenced Robert Ritz under provisions of a 2011 law that allows the sentence for a person convicted of continuous trafficking of someone under 17 or continuous sexual abuse of someone under 14.

Ritz's attorney said the sentence is too harsh. The law's author, Democrat state Rep. Senfronia Thompson of Houston, said the measure was intended to combat prostitution and is being misapplied.
Hays County prosecutors say Ritz was driving the victim to locations for sex.