Proceedings began at 10 a.m. for the sentencing of former Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Michael Ritacco on federal charges.
Ritacco, dressed in a black suit, arrived with his counsel, Jerome A. Ballaratto and William J. Hughes.
Proceedings began shortly at 10 a.m., with Ritacco seated between this two attorneys, his right hand sometimes resting on his face and chin, as sentencing Judge Joel Pisano explained the parameters of sentencing guidelines.
At 10:15 a.m. Ballaratto began to discuss Ritacco's contribution to the community, suggesting a 60 month sentence.
Multiple supporters have so far come out in support of Ritacco. Several members of Ritacco's family, as well as about 20 other individuals from the public are in the courtroom audience.