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Ritacco Arrives With Attorneys in Federal Court for Sentencing

Former superintendent will be sentenced today

Proceedings began at 10 a.m. for the sentencing of former Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Michael Ritacco on federal charges.

Ritacco, dressed in a black suit, arrived with his counsel, Jerome A. Ballaratto and William J. Hughes.

Proceedings began shortly at 10 a.m., with Ritacco seated between this two attorneys, his right hand sometimes resting on his face and chin, as sentencing Judge Joel Pisano explained the parameters of sentencing guidelines.

At 10:15 a.m. Ballaratto began to discuss Ritacco's contribution to the community, suggesting a 60 month sentence.

Multiple supporters have so far come out in support of Ritacco. Several members of Ritacco's family, as well as about 20 other individuals from the public are in the courtroom audience.

Joan September 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
And Long Branch...Just look in to all the schools.
Joan September 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Why would they care? They were all benefiting by Dadio MK along with his entourage.
Joan September 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Don't forget his own food business at the once Ritacco Center, To have no receipts for years, how much was he receiving from that. I am sure he purchased all his personal items with cash.... Furniture Stores, Cars, Clothes...How dumb of him to go in to a furniture with a Wade of Cash... He should have been better off buying a piece at a time... I also don't understand were Chris Christies is in all this. How come he never mentioned or said anything with the big mouth he has... He has plenty to say about other superintendents, nothing on him... that is guilt right there from our governor. I guess he is looking away like all the rest has been for years.
Joan September 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I think it is even more than 2 million, there was an awful a lot of corruption going on.
Joan September 16, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Where are all the receipts from the Cafe? Girlfriend Donna cafe manager...there should be more TR employees in jail.

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