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Sex offender accused of drugging, raping women at Salem home

Posted: Updated: May 16, 2016 09:14 PM
Edward Ritter in court Monday. (KPTV) Edward Ritter in court Monday. (KPTV)
Edward Ritter, jail booking photo Edward Ritter, jail booking photo
Edward Ritter's home in Salem where two women allege they were drugged and raped. (KPTV) Edward Ritter's home in Salem where two women allege they were drugged and raped. (KPTV)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A registered sex offender is accused of drugging and raping at least two women. 

Edward Charles Ritter, 47, faced a Marion County judge Monday on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse and manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance. 

Ritter has previous convictions on charges of second-degree sex abuse, third-degree sex abuse and failure to register as a sex offender. 

Over the weekend, detectives arrested Ritter and served a search warrant at his house at 4951 Trails End Court Southeast in Salem. They also interviewed two women who said they went in and out of consciousness after having a few drinks at Ritter’s house. 

According to court documents, the women told investigators they couldn’t move their limbs and that’s when Ritter raped them.

Neighbor Kimberly Watts said Ritter’s house is always full of people who arrive at all hours, often by taxi. 
 
“There’s a lot of kids that come and go and they’re girls,” said Watts. “They’re like, 17, 18 and 19. They come in taxis and they leave. Before this even happened, I was just watching the girls coming and going and wondering if they were safe because I have a daughter that age.”

Deputies said Ritter's charges involve the sexual abuse of adults. 
 
A probable cause affidavit states Ritter admitted to having sex with one of the women and he told detectives he sold her ecstasy and oxycontin. Ritter said "he did not touch" the other woman, according to the affidavit.  

Detectives believe Ritter may have more victims, but neighbors like Brad Walston just hope it’s not true.
 
“We’ve got a really great cul-de-sac here and this... just a loss of words,” Walston said. “I hate to see something like that happen.”
 
A judge set his bail at $500,000. 

Ritter was due back in court May 24 for an arraignment, but it was canceled due to the prosecutor's motion for dismissal. 

The motion states, "after further investigation, and in the interest of justice, the case against Ritter should be dismissed." A judge granted the motion and the case was dismissed. 

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