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Former Odessa Mayoral Candidate Arrested in Florida

A former mayoral candidate in Odessa is accused of traveling across county lines to have sex with an underage teenager.

54-year-old Mark Ritter is behind bars in Lake County, Florida.

According to the affidavit, he met who he thought was a 14-year-old boy on the Internet.

Ritter traveled to Lake County from Polk County, Florida, to see the kid.

Instead, he was greeted by law enforcement.

The report says Ritter told authorities if the two would have had sex, it would have been a “trophy” for him.

Authorities say Ritter had some condoms, lube and pain reliever on him.

You may remember Ritter was running for the Mayor seat in Odessa back in 2012.

He lost the race to current Odessa Mayor, David Turner.

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