No Time For Library Crime
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester man who caused a scene at the public library in July won’t be doing any time for the crime.
26-year-old Robert Ritchie pleaded guilty earlier this month to a misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced Thursday. He was ordered to serve 55 days in jail but was given credit for the 55 days he already spent behind bars, meaning he won’t have to serve any more time. He was also spared fines and fees.
The original criminal complaint included a felony assault charge stemming from his actions on the evening of July 21st when a patron at the library told an employee that Ritchie was watching pornography on a computer and fondling himself. Police say he threw a computer keyboard at a library employee and ran out of the building after he was asked to leave.
He was also accused of an altercation with another library employee who tried to prevent Ritchie from driving out of the library parking ramp. That employee was struck by Ritchie’s vehicle and was punched in the head when he attempted to grab the man’s car keys.