AG Nessel Charges Grand Traverse County Jail Administrator With Multiple Felonies 

Contact: Ryan Jarvi 517-335-7666
Agency: Attorney General

August 13, 2020 

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced the filing of charges against Todd Ritter, who is accused of committing multiple felonies while employed as the Grand Traverse County Jail administrator. 

Ritter, 48, of Lake Ann, was put on administrative leave by the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office in April 2019 after reports of his unprofessional conduct began surfacing. 

Michigan State Police led the investigation into the allegations following an internal review by the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office in May 2019. The Attorney General agreed in early April 2020 to review the case after a petition was submitted by the Grand Traverse County prosecutor, who requested the review to avoid any actual or perceived conflict of interest.  

Ritter is charged with: 

  • Embezzlement by a public official over $50, a 10-year felony; 
  • Larceny in a building, a five-year felony; 
  • Second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony; 
  • Common law offenses – misconduct in office, a five-year felony; and  
  • Willful neglect of duty, a one-year misdemeanor. 

“The laws of this state and country do not offer special exemptions for those in positions of power,” Nessel said. “It is my duty to enforce our laws and hold accountable anyone who fails to comply with those rules, regardless of the authority provided to them by their job title.”  

Ritter was arrested today by MSP troopers without incident at his home. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges at 1 p.m. Friday before Magistrate Tammi Rogers in 86th District Court. Future court dates have not yet been scheduled. 

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Please note:  A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General’s Office does not provide photos of defendants, but one may be available by contacting the booking agency, the Leelanau County Jail.