Ron Paul Institute Hosts UN Weapons Inspector Who Was Jailed on Child Sex Charges

Scott Ritter / Wikimedia Commons
July 19, 2022

The Ron Paul Institute featured at its conference last month a former United Nations weapons inspector who spent time in jail on child sex charges.

During the June 4 conference, Scott Ritter, a longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy, blasted the Biden administration's support for Ukraine against Russia's military invasion in a speech titled "Two-Front War: Biden's Mouth is Writing Checks the U.S. Military Can't Cash."

The former U.N. weapons inspector, who has been arrested at least twice for attempting to solicit underage girls, was convicted of and served jail time for exposing himself online in 2009 to a police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl. A similar 2001 charge was reportedly dropped after he participated in a pre-trial probation program.

The isolationist think tank's decision to host a speech by Ritter comes after another non-interventionist group, the Quincy Institute, removed an article written by Ritter from its website following an outcry from social media posters who noted that he was a convicted sex offender.

The Ron Paul Institute, which has been promoting Ritter's speech on its website and social media, did not respond to a request for comment about its choice to feature a convicted child predator to tee off against the bipartisan effort to aid the embattled Ukrainian government.

It's not the first time the institute and its namesake founder, former congressman Ron Paul, have partnered with controversial figures as part of a larger effort to promote isolationist policies that help America's foreign adversaries.

Several of the group's founding leaders have long-held ties to pro-Kremlin organizations, including a public relations shop created to shore up Vladimir Putin's image. Paul also claimed the U.S. government had foreknowledge about the Sept. 11 attacks and intentionally let Osama bin Laden remain at large for years to justify foreign wars.

The former congressman also spoke at a conference hosted by a Holocaust denier whose group accused "Zionist billionaires" of "financially raping" the Russian people.

Ritter, a contributor to the Kremlin-funded Russia Today, last year wrote an article for the Quincy Institute that downplayed Russian cyber attacks. The Quincy Institute removed the article after Twitter users raised concerns about Ritter's sex offender record.