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Grand jury indicts Trooper Ricky Vitte

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 10, 2014 at 7:19 AM

A Sandusky County grand jury this week indicted Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Ricky Vitte on felony and misdemeanor charges of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile.

Vitte is accused of masturbating with a pre-teen boy while watching porn videos on two occasions. The alleged incidents happened in February 2009.

The Sandusky County prosecutor's office earlier this year said he had no plans of charging Vitte. In recent weeks, however, assistant prosecutor Norm Solze said the case was not, in fact, closed, and they were still investigating.

The grand jury indicted Vitte on one felony count and one misdemeanor count of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. If convicted on the felony count, he could face up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. If convicted on the misdemeanor count, he could face up to 180 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Vitte is on paid administrative leave until further notice, Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Shirey told the Register. Patrol administrators have also opened an internal investigation.

Pick up Thursday's Register for the full story.

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