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Tishomingo diner owner arrested in child sex sting

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Samuel Ritchie was arrested on charges of lewd acts with a child. (Canadian County Sheriff's Office) Samuel Ritchie was arrested on charges of lewd acts with a child. (Canadian County Sheriff's Office)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- A Texoma businessman is behind bars facing a charge of lewd acts with a child.

Samuel Ritchie was busted in what investigators said was an undercover child exploitation investigation.

Ritchie, 59, is a co-owner of the Boomarang Diner location in downtown Tishomingo. Canadian County deputies arrested him on Wednesday night.

Investigators used a social media app called KiK, which is popular with kids, to do an undercover investigation into child exploitation. Posing as a 14-year-old girl, investigators said they created a online relationship with Ritchie.

They used the connection to set up a meeting place in Mustang, Oklahoma, where Ritchie was arrested.

Investigators said Ritchie admitted to sending inappropriate pictures to the person posing as that 14-year-old victim.

"I don’t know if there’s anything sicker than a 59-year-old man sending penis pics to a 14-year-old girl, and then trying to hook up with her for sex,” Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said in a written statement.

Johnston County Sheriff John Smith told KTEN his department is aware of the arrest and and they will also investigate.

Samuel Ritchie's wife Debbie told KTEN he is understandably upset, adding that her husband no longer has anything to do with the operation of the restaurant. 

Boomarang Diners confirmed that the company "will no longer have a relationship" with Samuel Ritchie "in any way, shape or form."

The company also voiced its support for Debbie Ritchie.

"It would be a travesty if after this unimaginable betrayal her livelihood was jeopardized," Boomarang Diners said in a written statement. "We hope the community will join us in rallying behind her and the Boomarang staff in Tishomingo during this difficult time."

Samuel Ritchie remained in jail on Friday; his bond was set at $50,000.

KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko in Denison contributed to this report

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