Robert Adam Ritz, who anchors the 2 p.m.-to 6 p.m. shift at WRZX-FM (103.3), is accused of assaulting 22-year-old woman.
A popular afternoon-slot FM radio DJ was arrested this afternoon on a preliminary charge of rape, authorities said.
Around 3:30 p.m., the Marion County sheriff's department sex crimes investigators took Robert Adam Ritz from their offices at the Marion County Jail over to the Arrestee Processing Center, where he was booked. In handcuffs but dressed in street clothes, he declined to answer questions.
The sheriff's department said the arrest stems from a sexual-assault complaint by a 22-year-old woman who is a nanny or babysitter for Ritz' children.
The complaint states that the assault occurred in his home in the 200 block of Pine Drive on Dec. 12, and that the woman reported the offense on Dec. 15.
"We have some evidence, but I don't want to get into that part. It still has to be screened by the prosecutor's office," said Sheriff's Lt. Phil Burton, a department spokesman.
Ritz, 33, is one of the most recognizable radio-station personalities in the city because of his 2 p.m.-to 6 p.m. shift at WRZX-FM (103.3).
A call to his station, known by listeners as X103, was not immediately returned. Clear Channel Radio officials said today they could not comment because they were not aware of the arrest.
It's unclear how the arrest will affect an upcoming public appearance: he was scheduled to host a New Year's Eve party at Peppers in Broad Ripple on Wednesday night.
A profile of Ritz in the Indianapolis Star in September 2001 noted his clever use of commercial parodies and the way he related to his mostly 18-to-34-year-old audience to become one of the most listened-to DJs in the city.
Call Star reporter Tom Spalding at 1-317-327-7939.
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