A Howell man who was arrested two weeks ago for masturbating in front of a juvenile in the public bathroom at a fast food restaurant on Route 35 in Wall Township is facing a dozen new charges after additional victims were identified, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Gregory S. Rittman, 49, of Howell Township, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, after authorities received a report from an employee at a McDonald’s that described lewd behavior witnessed by an 8-year-old juvenile, near the sink in the men’s bathroom of the restaurant. Rittman was charged with one count each of second degree Sexual Assault, third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, fourth degree Lewdness and a disorderly persons charge of Harassment. He was released after posting $73,000 bail with no 10-percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Teresa A. Kondrup-Coyle, J.S.C.
News of Rittman’s October arrest, which included his picture, prompted three additional victims to come forward.
Authorities now believe Rittman has been performing lewd acts in front of children for approximately two years at locations in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Rittman is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $609,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Linda G. Jones, J.S.C.
“It is important for parents and guardians of small children to take a look at the picture of this defendant. We believe there are additional victims out there and we urge everyone to come forward with any information about this case,” said Wall Township Police Chief Robert L. Brice.
Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Patrolman James Cadigan, of the Wall Township Police Department, at 732-449-4500 ext. 1162 or Detective Carolina Moreno, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Bureau, at 732-431-7160.
If convicted of all charges, Rittman faces over 20 years in State prison.