Thursday, February 28, 2013

UPDATE: Ex-Nampa Day Care Worker Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison For Child Sex Abuse Admissions

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

Joshua Ritchie, 23, a former Nampa day care worker and employee of the Nampa School District, was sentenced to 32 years behind bars today for his guilty pleas to sexually molesting children for nearly three years.

After Ritchie's arrest in August 2012, prosecutors alleged that the former employee of Cornerstone Childcare and Learning Center, former employee of the Idaho Arts Charter School and former lunchroom worker with the Nampa School District, molested 24 children, beginning in 2009.

Admitting that he did "inexcusable things and have to live the rest of my life with that knowledge," Ritchie listened as Third District Judge Bradley Ford sentenced him to 32 years to life in prison. The sentencing came after nearly three hours of tear-filled statements from parents and victims in a Canyon Country courtroom.


Joshua Ritchie, 23, is charged with lewd conduct with a minor.
  • Courtesy Canyon County Sheriff's Department
  • Joshua Ritchie, 23, is charged with lewd conduct with a minor.

An ex-Nampa day care worker faces the possibility of life behind bars for what prosecutors said was the sexual abuse of at least a dozen children.

Joshua Ritchie, 23, was employed by the Cornerstone Childcare and Learning Center in Nampa. He was also an employee of the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa and a lunchroom worker with the Nampa School District when he was arrested in August 2012.

At the time of his arrest, the Canyon County Sheriff's Office also said they confiscated media devices that contained child pornography.

Ritchie pleaded guilty in December 2012 to multiple felonies.

When he is sentenced later today in a Canyon County courtroom, he faces a minimum of 25 years in jail for each incident of sexual abuse and 10 years in prison for each count of child pornography possession.

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