Trooper gives sex lesson

Sandusky County prosecutor Stierwalt: No crime in highway patrolman's sexual encounter with pre-teen
Courtney Astolfi
Jan 22, 2014


An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper with a history of domestic violence won't face charges related to alleged sexual encounters involving a boy, Sandusky County Sheriff's Deputy Sean O'Connell said. 

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Trooper Ricky Vitte Jr. acknowledged to his wife that he watched porn with the boy five years ago and both Vitte and the boy masturbated together, according to a report by O'Connell. 

Vitte later told his wife he was attempting to teach the boy about sex, the report said.

Vitte said a dresser blocked his and the boy's views of each other as they both masturbated, according to the report, which also alleges there were two sexual encounters of that nature involving Vitte and the boy. 

"Rick's reasoning is the fact that he did not want (the boy) to feel pressured on feeling the need to have to have sex with someone, when he can fix those needs by masturbating to porn," O'Connell wrote after an interview with Vitte's wife.

Click here to read responses from O'Connell to questions posed by the Register

Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt opted against seeking an indictment. He declined to present testimony before a grand jury because Vitte might have presented a defense that justified his alleged actions, Stierwalt said.

This is not the first time Vitte's off-duty behavior warranted a criminal investigation.

Five years before Vitte allegedly masturbated with the boy, he was charged with domestic violence. When his then-girlfriend's 5-year-old son wet the bed, Vitte spanked the boy's buttocks until they were bruised and bleeding, according to a Sandusky County deputy's report.

When an argument ensued over the spanking, Vitte head-butted the woman, the report said. In a plea agreement, he later pleaded no contest and was convicted on a reduced charge of child endangering.  

Sandusky County officials initially did not provide the woman's identity to the Register — they redacted her name on an incident report — but the name was later included, without redactions, on a second copy of the report officials provided.  

Vitte's violent past resurfaced during the recent sex crime investigation.

During an interview with social workers, one of Vitte's children said his father has pushed and shoved him over the years, and punched him at least once, according to O'Connell's report.

The boy and his siblings also told investigators they saw their father punch holes in walls and doors during violent fits of rage. At other times, they watched Vitte drag their mother into another room by her arm and begin yelling at her, the report stated.

Vitte has been represented in the past by attorney Dean Henry, who has worked closely with O'Connell since November 2012 as a special prosecutor and defense counsel for Sandusky County working on the Limberios death investigation. 

Late last year, when O'Connell and social workers tried to interview Vitte about the most recent allegation, he sped away from his home in his Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser. 

A chase ensued. O'Connell instructed the deputy driving to activate the overhead lights in his cruiser, and Vitte fled for about a mile at speeds of up to 60 mph before the chase ended, according to the report. 

"He was purposely fleeing the area to avoid confrontation and or an arrest," O'Connell said in his report. 

When Vitte finally stopped and O'Connell questioned him about allegedly masturbating with a boy, Vitte declined to talk and said he wanted to contact his attorney first. 

Vitte was not charged for fleeing from law enforcement.

O'Connell said that decision was made by the prosecutor, but Stierwalt said, "I suppose that's something; we could give a misdemeanor." 

O'Connell did not provide any further information in his report detailing whether he interviewed Vitte, or what he said, or whether he was represented by Henry or a different attorney in this latest incident.

In a Jan. 10 memo included in O'Connell's report, the detective stated the reason Stierwalt declined to seek charges was because of the amount of time that had elapsed since the incident, as well as the lack of physical evidence. 

It's not clear why the time element would be a factor, since the statute of limitations for felonies in Ohio is six years and the alleged sexual encounters with the boy happened five years ago. O'Connell also did not say in the report what physical evidence he was seeking. 

But when asked about the reasons O'Connell listed, Stierwalt said he reviewed the file again after the Register made a public records request. After that second review, he determined the main reason he declined to seek charges was Vitte could argue he masturbated with the boy while watching pornography to teach him about sex, suggesting it was not a crime for which Stierwalt could get a conviction. 

It's not clear why Stierwalt would preemptively decline to file charges. Generally it is incumbent on the suspect to present his own defense, rather than the prosecutor providing a defense for him. Stierwalt did not respond to written questions the Register emailed him, asking about these and other issues.    

O'Connell maintained the report had no discrepancies in need of correcting.

"I can't imagine a situation where that would be appropriate in our culture," clinical counselor Marlene Boas said.

"If he would've masturbated in the same room as (a pre-teen girl), do you think he would be prosecuted?" Boas said.

Vitte is a state trooper in good standing, according to his personnel file with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. His annual salary at the Toledo patrol post is about $83,000. 

His father, Richard Vitte Sr., is a retired Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. 

Vitte's wife, and the past girlfriend of the 5-year-old child who was bruised and bleeding from his buttocks after Vitte spanked the boy and allegedly head-butted the woman, both obtained civil protection orders against Vitte in the past. 

The most recent CPO was modified, however, to allow Vitte to carry his service revolver so he could continue to work as a state trooper.   

Attorney Henry is representing Vitte Jr. in a court motion filed by Vitte's wife described as a "domestic violence petition filed with parenting affidavit." She appears to be seeking full custody of the couple's five children and has requested Vitte not be allowed access to them, according to court records. 

In response to the motion, attorney Henry appears to have successfully petitioned to allow Vitte to carry weapons and give him supervised visitation with his children. 

Henry declined to respond to the Register's inquiry. 

Click here to read written answers from Detective O'Connell.



No charges? WOW!


"Vitte says he was attempting to teach the boy about sex, and used the sick reasoning that by masturbating together, the boy, a pre teen, would not feel the need to have sex with others. It’s unclear if the boy felt coerced or pressured though at that age, faced with a state trooper and presumably his gun nearby, how could he not feel pressured to comply with this man’s wishes?"

"Many in the community, including this publication, are speculating that Stierwalt doesn’t want to give this to a grand jury because he WOULD get an indictment and then be forced to prosecute a case that would be harmful to his career and personal friendships. We find it difficult to believe that anyone besides a government official would not be charged under this set of facts."


Wow, thanks for posting this link!


Are you freaking kidding me? THIS "guy" belongs behind bars instead of putting people there.


My o my Sandusky County continues to amaze me! When will people see there is a huge problem with this county!?


This is just sick. The things cops get away with!!!!!!!!! SMDH!


My god, domestic violence? Sexual activity with a minor? And he's still a COP? What's wrong with THAT picture, boys and girls? More pertinent to this story, what's wrong with the PROSECUTOR?


and you should never spank children for bed wetting.

Finn Finn

I . . . this . . . what . . . I don't know what to say. This story can not be legitimate. This is beyond the pale!!


People can contact the Governor, Ohio Highway Patrol, and or the Inspector General of Ohio to request an official misconduct investigation as he is employed by the Ohio Highway Patrol and subject to oversight by these offices.

Also, it is not surprising that Henry defends him. Henry has a long history of representing men especially police officers or public officials who abuse women and children physically and or sexually. He appears to like and identify with them.

At this point people must be connecting the dots to recognize that SC LE, Dean Henry and Prosecutor Stierwalt are not interested in protecting or serving the public but rather in protecting and serving themselves and a close group of men who are above the law and can get away with anything. Moreover, the AG's office appears to know it and protect the misconduct.

Further the problem isn't limited to Sandusky County but includes Erie and Ottawa and likely other counties. For example wasn't the excuse for not indicting Erie County's prosecutor for drug abuse was that the allegations were too old when in fact they were within the regular 6 years statute of limitations at the time? Also, when a public officer is involved there is no statute of limitations as long as he remains in office.

Over in Ottawa County, the former Sheriff is facing a federal charge for theft in office. This is the same man who allegedly worked with Dean Henry and Prosecutor Mulligan to allegedly undermine an investigation into thefts of funds from a school system by political supporters in the county.


Speaking of corrupt LE, Cuyahoga County Sheriff supervisor was just indicted on 12 counts of theft, after stealing over $50,000



Thanks for this news item. It's Captain Michael Jackson who was in charge of the evidence room. This follows on the former Sheriff being convicted of theft in office; the chief deputy clerk of court criminal division convicted of theft in office; a corrections officer convicted of bribery and another Sheriff employee with theft counts. All under the nose of our Attorney General's office and the former county prosecutor Bill Mason.


Why am I not that surprised. Law enforcement protecting law enforcement. Who protects the citizens? God help us all!!

From the Grave

He should be yankin' Bubba for about 10 years.

he said she said

If this was Joe down the street, he'd be under the jail by now. Being in law enforcement shouldn't protect this guy from charges.


Someone should forward this off to the AG's office or an state ethics department and add it to the list of ways Sandusky County officials operate..


The AG's office has indicated in the past it has no problem with SC. Far better to get the Governor involved as was done years ago with the Troopers and the KKK pictures. This situation IMO is far worse than that as the County prosecutor and a detective appear to be enabling alleged misconduct.

Also the FBI and US Attorneys offices have jurisdiction under federal criminal official misconduct laws.

John Harville

This governor isn't going to do anything. It's an election year and, sadly, most Ohioans don't care much about the children in this state.


We disagree. It's because it is an election year, Prosecutor Stierwalt is a Democrat and Governor Kasich has made child trafficking a cause of sorts that he will do something.


"Governor Kasich has made child trafficking a cause of sorts that he will do something."

My opinion is that Kasich will not weed out the Sandusky County OHIO corruption, There are Republicans in Sandusky County that Kasich will protect. The most that Kasich will do, if he does, is have Ricky demoted or fired. I will be posting additional comments as time permits me. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is a state police who will protect their own.
"COLUMBUS –Benjamin W. Richardson, 47, of Powell, and a former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to a total of 50 months in prison for participating in a mortgage fraud conspiracy, committing bankruptcy fraud, and tampering with a witness in a federal investigation."

"Richardson provided a known drug trafficker his cell phone number in case he got into trouble, and as result of this exchange, Richardson encouraged a fellow state trooper to show the drug trafficker leniency during a traffic stop."

Why did OHIO officials protect this crook?
Thomas L. Stierwalt

John Harville

This has nothing to do with the horrible crime of child-trafficking. This cop didn't put the kid out on the streets or sell him to other users or - as far as we know - film him.

Do not diminish the HORRORS of trafficking children by reducing it to the repugnant act of masturbating to porn with a minor - as bad as that is.

Young teen girls are sold on the streets of Sandusky and other communities, turned on to drugs to make them compliant, starved, abused and sold over and over to despicable men.

It's only on the governor's radar because he can't ignore it any longer.


No it's just about grooming a young boy for homosexual conduct. Get a clue. You have no idea of the advocacy work that I did and do in the area of child sexual abuse and abuse of women which leads to human trafficking.

It is you who are trying to trivialize this disgusting activity by a member of law enforcement (on the public payroll) by your attempts to hijack this story by linking it to a contract dispute between adults by a private employer over a morals clause.


You're gay obsessed.


I guess I will be the first one to say that this is the exact type of misconduct that Jacob Limberios' family is fighting to bring to an end! Does everyone REALLY think that they are just out on their own personal "witch hunt" now??? It is obvious that the misconduct goes way deeper than Jacobs story!!! We as citizens should be outraged at the atrocity of this, not only the actions of this "officer" alone, but the fact that he is STILL patrolling our streets and making $83,000 a year to physically abuse women and children as well as sexually satisfy his sick sick mind!!! DISGUSTING!!!


Heres contact info for Ohio AG office http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.g...

The Answer Person

He must be catholic?


Don't know but believe Prosecutor Stierwalt is Catholic as are Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter and Sandusky Commissioner Murray. So what's your point?


TAP, that comment was HILARIOUS.




Yes, and when he looses his job as trooper, he is going to become a priest, where that behavior is acceptable!


Can't be a priest as he is divorced. However a football or wrestling coach in a public school should not pose a problem.

John Harville

Whooooa. Several years ago the Diocese of Columbus ordained as priest a former Methodist minister - who remained married in the process and serves a Columbus parish.
He's divorced... but could teach at SCCS - as long as he didn't announce plans to marry his co-masturbator.
Oh... but he's already admitted he masturbates.


John: the point is this case above concerns a man in Law Enforcement grooming a pre teen for homosexual conduct.

As I've previously stated there is far more sexual abuse of children and violence against women and children among LE and public officers than in the Church. But you've made it perfectly clear you don't care about children and women, by dismissing any efforts to seek justice.

Now you appear to be in a snit because this serious case will remove attention from your 15 minutes of fame cause.

John Harville

BABO... don't ASS U ME.
I'm not sure how I've made clear what you say I have.
You're hatred of me robs you of your rationality... as you may have discovered had you read further.

Peninsula Pundit

Howze 'bout a link to that?
I'd be surprised the Roman Catholic let him continue if he got a divorce.
I also agree with the comment above.
You're on the wrong board for that conversation.

John Harville

I didn't bring Catholic or priest etc. into the discussion. I merely was attempting to enlighten Babo. If the divorce was not a Catholic marriage then it wouldn't have been recognized anyway.

John Harville

What does that have to do with anything?

Mom of 10

No way should this man be in law enforcement..and to not be charged with any of the above CRIMES, unacceptable. He isn't fit to carry the badge or a gun..what on earth is going on? You all should be ashamed of yourself. This person is a criminal!!


Here's the contact information for the Assistant US Attorney for our district that handles public corruption cases. She is assigned the former Ottawa County Sheriff Bratton prosecution.

Antoinette T. Bacon
Office of the U.S. Attorney - Cleveland
Northern District of Ohio
Ste. 400
801 Superior Avenue, W
Cleveland, OH 44113
Fax: 216-522-2403

dorothy gale

I am appalled! This goes beyond any kind of cover-up because the guy admits to doing it, we all know about it, and the prosecutor isn't going to do anything! This psycho belongs in a prison! How can this be?!


Here is an overview of his actions:

2004--His then-girlfriend's 5-year-old son wet the bed, Vitte spanked the boy's buttocks until they were bruised and bleeding.

--When an argument ensued over the spanking, Vitte head-butted the child’s mother

2009--He watched porn with the boy five years ago and both Vitte and the boy masturbated together.

2013/14--During an interview with social workers:

--One of Vitte's children said his father has pushed and shoved him over the years, and punched him at least once.

--The boy and his siblings also told investigators they saw their father punch holes in walls and doors during violent fits of rage.

--At other times, they watched Vitte drag their mother into another room by her arm and begin yelling at her.

2013--When O'Connell and social workers tried to interview Vitte about the most recent allegation:

--He sped away from his home in his Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser.

--A chase ensued. Det. O'Connell instructed the deputy driving to activate the overhead lights in his cruiser, and Vitte fled for about a mile at speeds of up to 60 mph before the chase ended.

--"He was purposely fleeing the area to avoid confrontation and or an arrest," O'Connell said

CPOs: Vitte's wife, and the past girlfriend of the 5-year-old child who was bruised and bleeding from his buttocks after Vitte spanked the boy and allegedly head-butted the woman, both obtained civil protection orders against Vitte in the past.

--In a court motion filed by Vitte's wife described as a "domestic violence petition filed with parenting affidavit," she appears to be seeking full custody of the couple's five children and has requested Vitte not be allowed access to them


What did you expect in corrupt OHIO!
Do you think that this will be reported in the next issue of Flying Wheel?

"Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Ricky Vitte, Jr. has been promoted to sergeant and made an assistant post commander of the Toledo post on Airport Highway near Toledo Express Airport."


Hey Ricky...hope you read this: Here I sit on the pooper giving birth to a state trooper. Ricky or Richard, or D***.


Hey Kurt, don't use my name to condemn this freak!

I never beat a woman, and I sure as heck never taught a 10 year old how to masturbate!


Yep corruption abounds. Keep on the shady cop, fire the wonderful band director. SM have any say in this?


had to go there didnt you, what does that have to do with this story?

John Harville

Both stories reflect attitudes throughout NW Ohio and especially in the North Coast counties.

The band director loves and wants to marry another man. So he has to go because he 'violated' some unclear rules and doctrines.

The Highwayman showed porn to a child and encouraged him to masturbate (which breaks so many laws), beat his children and women (how many laws did that break?) and violated virtually every doctrine of civility known to civilized society.
And yet he wears a uniform every day and arrests people for the same - and lesser - offenses.

As long as one wears the 'uniform of authority'...


There is probably more things that have occurred. We have not heard the last of this name. Sad situation for the children and mother involved.


GROSS!!!! Who was this boy? Relative? Family friend? How old was this boy? How in the world is this okay?????

red white and blue

Holy wow how is possible any of the gov.officials and officers keep there jobs and avoid persecution


Because OHIO is VERY, VERY CORRUPT. Silence among the Ohio people only feeds the corruption. All of the OHIO people need to get together and fight the corruption. Throw the bums into the slammer.

John Harville

Look how many years Tom Noe continued his corruption.

Look how many people were involved in the Clyde-Green Springs theft but only Todd Helms (also defended by Henry) is in prison.

The governor's previous career was with Lehman Bros. - during which he got several Ohio pension funds to invest in Lehman just before it went belly up. Then he left there with a huge bonus.


John: Please put up or shut up.

Tom Noe got away with his activities for years because he was protected by the former AG (R), our former Governor (R), and several members of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Deals were cut so that the Democratic prosecutor whose office prosecuted him would not go after the larger pay to play structure in this state that arises out of Cuyahoga County (D stronghold) and that a former Governor took statewide.

I asked you in the past whether Clyde Green Spring School district was represented by the same law firm involved in legal/financial debacles in other school districts and who the other people were that were allegedly involved in the thefts. Dean Henry was involved in another school case.

In all these cases it was a combination of R and D working together to protect a system of pay to play that benefits both parties and prevents either party from being investigated.


OHIO Democrats and Republicans in corrupt OHIO protect each other. The Democrats threw Dennis Kucinich under the bus because Dennis was too honest, so honest that the Cleveland OHIO mafia tried to whack him.
"The Mafia Plot To Kill Dennis Kucinich"

"In 1977, Kucinich mandated that all city contracts be re-evaluated. The most coveted deal was the garbage-hauling contract once held by Danny Greene, before an associate of his named James Palladino took it over. Palladino made no secret of his contempt for Kucinich after the mayor awarded the contract to another businessman not directly connected to such nefarious characters."

"The plot to kill Kucinich was not made public until 1984. Even Kucinich had been kept in the dark. In the past, Kucinich has implied he believes it was divine intervention that kept him from the parade that day. Free Times tried repeatedly to speak with Kucinich for this article, but he never called."

"Danny Greene's reputed protégé, Jim Palladino, got his garbage contract back after George Voinovich became mayor of Cleveland in 1979. Jimmy Dimora handed him Bedford's rubbish contract as well. Palladino contributed heavily to Voinovich's campaigns for mayor and, later, Senator. He currently owns the Kelley's Island limestone quarry and lives on the island with his family. He did not return calls seeking comment."

John Harville

Didn't see the question. the District was represented by its usual law firm - and by the special prosecutors and by the Sandusky County Prosecutor. Auditor Mary Taylor's office did the auditing, utiliziing a young auditor who grew up in Clyde, whose mother was clerk at the Post Office, who attended Catholic School in Clyde and SJCC in Fremont and was such good friends with the C-GS Treasurer he opened official email inquiries with "Hey Allen!"


So who is the usual law firm?

John Harville

Look it up. You obviously are accomplished enough in the law to go to the Clerk of Courts page and find the case.


As I suspected, you shoot your mouth off about things but don't do the work support your statements. You claimed Todd Helms took the fall for others and that Dean Henry helped protect the activity.

So name some names John. Who are you alleging was protected by Henry and the system?


"Look how many people were involved in the Clyde-Green Springs theft but only Todd Helms (also defended by Henry) is in prison."

Interesting comment. The powers that be are known to throw someone under the bus in order to protect their own hides. I am curious about the Todd Helms case. About how many people were involved? Was it a cover-up? If so, without names, can you let it be known that maybe a school board member(s), school treasurer, prosecutor, judge, attorney or prominent people in the community?


this is discussing.

What defense could he provide?

Does he have a degree in teaching or is he a teacher for the state?

I guess that creep in Cleveland was teaching those 3 girls how to stay inside for 10 years...

He should be sitting in jail

John Harville

Kilroy... the defense he could provide is the defense he provided - that he was teaching the boy he doesn't need to have sex with others because he can take care of his own needs. Supposedly they didn't touch each other and there was a 'dresser' between them so they couldn't see each other.
Just sayin'... you'd have to live there.


This comment from Stierwalt (Vitte has an affirmative defense) is legal nonsense. Targets of a grand jury probe do not get to appear at a Grand Jury in Ohio and present their defense in advance of Indictment.

Stierwalt knows that if the cases were presented to a Grand Jury that the Grand Jury would indict him and he would then be forced to prosecute a case he doesn't want to prosecute because of all the favors that are owed in his circle. (protecting sex and drug crimes and worse among LE and some public officers)

In other words, Vitte knows too much and has to be protected by Stierwalt.

John Harville

Question... seriously... for your wisdom.
If this occurred in Sandusky County, why wasn't Vitte arrested by Sandusky County authorities.. like Sheriff Kyle Overmyer?

Oh... never mind.


"Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt opted against seeking an indictment"

"Vitte has been represented in the past by attorney Dean Henry"

"Vitte was not charged for fleeing from law enforcement" WHY NOT!!

"Vitte is a state trooper in good standing"
Good standing? A joke maybe?

"Attorney Henry is representing Vitte Jr. in a court motion filed by Vitte's wife described as a "domestic violence petition filed with parenting affidavit."

$83,000 a year is enough for child support and maybe alimony.
Sgt. Ricky & Nicole Vitte, Toledo, a boy, 2/11/09.

For Shame Ricky! For Shame!

Concerned For A...

I can NOT even begin to wrap my head around this!! WTH is going on over there in Scumdusky county??? This is absolutely appalling!! Why in the world would this guy still have a badge. This is outrageous!! Not even any slaps on the wrist. This is bullcrap at its finest. These are the kind of "heros" we are expected to let our children look up to?? Here kids..look, you can be an officer of the law so you can do and get away with whatever your heart desires! Disgusting!


Concerned, it's called the Good Ole Boys looking out for each other.

Do you not see the comparison to the Catholic priests, hiding and covering up for the perverted priests?

The same thing goes in law enforcement. "The crazy wife makes accusations" and the brothers hide evidence and make it go away.

It's just politics, somebody owes some body a favor.

It's interesting to note, that 6,000 pages of cover ups in the Chicago Archdiocese, were posted online today. Showing the lies and cover up of over 30 priests in that district.

They could have chosen any county to investigate Vitte, they chose Sandusky County for obvious reasons.

John Harville

...and it's in infamous Overmyer County.

John Harville

Careful... DT. Babo and others will attack you,, too, for even drawing a thin line between Troopergate and anything Catholic.


No we won't. We question improper analogies and broad brush generalizations.

Troopers are public employees while the Church is a private institution. The incidence of child sexual abuse and crimes of violence is far more prevalent in law enforcement and the legal system (where it has been systematically covered up for years) but for some reason it doesn't generate the same public outrage in the media as does the Church abuse scandal.

I find the actions of some priests and some members of the Church hierarchy to be outrageous and thank God that there does appear to be some accountability to the hierarchal Catholic Church. I just wish the bigger crisis among law enforcement and government officials (lack of accountability for extreme misconduct) received the same or even more attention so that victims of abuse have someplace meaningful to report it.

At least the victims of church abuse could go to the police, but if you're abused by the police where do you report it?


"Troopers are public employees while the Church is a private institution."

Privite institutions or business can fire you or make things so difficult that one will leave.

Public employees such as police, prosecutors and judges are very
powerful figures. They get the "State Of Ohio" to back them up. These public employees allow the guilty to get away with crimes such as murder, rape and other heinous crimes but go after innocent people who committed no crimes. Many prosecutors will have evidence that the victim is innocent but is more focused on conviction rates like that crook Bill Mason in corrupt Cuyahoga County OHIO. I have more respect for prosecutors with low conviction rates who know the true facts than crook prosecutors who hold back truthful facts or manufacture evidence to convict innocent people.

How does a person report crime in corrupt Ohio if the police or prosecutor brush you off? One calls the Ohio Attorney General with evidence of corruption or crimes and the OAG brushes you off and tells you to contact your county prosecutor where the problem is. It's very difficult to weed out corrupt county prosecutors in corrupt Ohio. Newspapers can be very valuable to inform the citizens and it is up to the citizens to demand action for corrupt public officials. Ohio is full of corrupt Federal agents but the only remedy I see is to notify the Department Of Justice to investigate. There was a reason why 200 FBI agents were used from out of state when a raid on corrupt Cuyahoga County OHIO commenced.

Simple Enough II

John, Why are you trying to Be "Little" others is this "Little Man" syndrome kicking in?

John Harville

Maybe it all just has something to do with the name Sandusky...


Why is the Fremont Snooze-Massengill keeping this story under wraps?

John Harville

You mean the Newark-Mansfield News Mess? There's hardly anybody locally around to do the story.

John Harville

It's column one in Wed issue.


Thanks John, I posted the link.

"Child sexual abuse matters are generally handled by local and state authorities, and not by the federal government."
"To report a child sexual abuse issue, contact your local or state law enforcement agency."

What a joke!


I do have to give it to the SR-- wonderful headlines, LOL!

John Harville

You should do some archive research into the Limberios case... it actually went to Dr. Phil.

In fact I hope you will look into it as it could use some federal exposure. The AG determined Jake Limberios accidentally fatally wounded himself with a defective gun. The coroner - who did not go to the scene - declared the case an accidental suicide. The law- and the AG - designates the suicide definition to be 'intentional'. But the Coronor - defended by Dean Henry (recognize that name) refuses to change it.
It gets better... Henry also was named as special prosecutor to investigate the case (am I getting this right folks). One judge recused herself and the other - along with Henry - was fired by a special judge.
Please fred... consider looking into it.
You also might be interested in the Sandusky County Sheriff's Department - the Sheriff, his father (retired), brother-in-law are all officers in the Department, his sister is Clerk of Courts, the Chief Deputy and his son all are involved in the Limberios case.
Yeah... it's just one big dysfunctional county.


John, I think you meant Dr. Phil.

Watch out, your showing your age, not many on here know Phil Donahue.

Matt Westerhold

I've made that mistake also, showing my age by inadvertently referring to the Dr. Phil as Phil Donahue. Donahue was a master, and if I remember correctly, he started in Dayton. 

John Harville

thanks. I corrected it.
Phil Donahue was ahead of his time - as were/are many of us...


John, If the county is so bad why do you choose to live there

John Harville

How much will you pay for my house in the middle of a 'contrived' Cancer Cluster?

Simple Enough II

Can they prove with certainty that the weapon safeties failed to operate properly? I read the manufacturer's manual which includes the safe handeling of their and pretty much any firearm. I don't know what was going through that kids mind when he stuck that pistol to his head, do you?

John Harville

There are so many stories along the Naked Northcoast.

John Harville

Hey DC!!!!
I think these stories would work well on the DC circuit. There's a pattern.
And the school superintendent convicted in January 2010 is due for possible Judicial Release.

Did I mention the judge in the Todd Helms criminal trial simultaneously was judge in his divorce - which still isn't settled since its inception in 2008 after he was arrested?

In an unrelated story the judge's family has a wrongful death lawsuit against the state representative's airport for a plane crash that killed members of her family the same day she was campaigning for judge.

John Harville

About 15 years ago in Clyde, a teacher/coach was accused by nine female students of sexual harassment/abuse. Offenses ranged from grabbing a girl's crotch while allegedly reaching through a group of students for the doorknob; holding a hurdler's foot while squeezing her thigh near her crotch to show her how the muscle should feel when she went over the hurdle; standing behind girls in English class while they read themes, placing his hand on her shoulder and slowly dropping it to her buttocks (with several students); hand a note to girls saying 'show me your tits'; approaching a girl from behind and putting his arms around her, grasping her breasts. The major one, observed by other students was on the first day when she was told to move from three different seats. When she asked "where would you like me to sit?" he replied "on my face would be a good start." John Meyers who was prosecutor at the time told parents he would not prosecute because he wasn't sure he could get a conviction. The teacher was allowed to teach eight more years until he could get full retirement - as long as he agreed to stop coaching girls.


Thanks for the information John. There is a pattern to let male teachers get away from punishment but go after female teachers and over-charge them and also getting information from their cell phones.

You mentioned prosecutor John Meyers. A quick search online and I found this:

How about former prosecutor John Shimp?

No jail for John Shimp.


Did you catch the name of the special prosecutor in the John Meyers case? It was Dean Henry. LOL, good old Dean prosecuting a prosecutor who allegedly harassed the clerk of courts. What was the outcome, does anybody know?

Also, the John Shrimp case is noteworthy for the special prosecutor in that case: Richard McQuade of Swanton Ohio. McQuade is well known on a website that profiles allegedly corrupt judges and attorneys. ( McQuade went on to become a Common Pleas Court Judge and then was appointed to the US District Court by Reagan I think.

He gave up his federal judgeship after allegations of sexual harassment by Court staff. He then became President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of NW Ohio. He was forced out of that job as well again for allegations of sexual harassment.

He then was awarded a job as a retired visiting judge by former Chief Justice Tom Moyer.

Simple Enough II

I bet it was awarded all on his professional credentials, but all the other issues were kept quiet or confidential, like if you resign or are offered the opportunity to resign when confronted with allegations or factual evidence of wrong doing like stealing from your employer.

John Harville

In other classroom incident, a teacher told her students about watching a movie where a substitute shot students. She told the class, "some days I wish I had a gun up here so I could shoot all of you."
Clyde police and school officials investigated and decided she was 'just kidding' and offered counseling to students who were traumatized. The investigating CPD detective was... wait for it... her husband.
This is the same community where, 20 years ago, the FBI came to town to investigate a mailed threat to shoot the wife and young daughters of the newspaper editor after reports in the N-M and the local paper put the City Manager in prison for corruption.


Something definitely needs to be done in Sandusky county to get rid of this corruption so no one else has to go through this. Now you see why the limberios wasn't fighting so hard.

Truth or Dare

We really have to wonder why some folks choose to take the law into their own hands?! To all LE and the different agencies that could/should help, it's well past the time to cross that blue line, or that line of political courtesy and stand up for all children, women, and anyone/everyone else that your "brothers/sisters" feel inclined to terrorize. Being a hero takes courage, not just the passing of a test and the pinning on of a badge or winning an election, but DOING WHAT'S RIGHT, GOOD, FAIR AND MOST OF ALL HONORABLE!!!! Is there any honor left in Ohio?!


"Is there any honor left in Ohio?!"


Simple Enough II

Yes there is, but we tend not to beat our chest and claim such, they just go about and do the best they can.


I see that one person posted some information that might not be true, probably from a source that provided information. I tried to verify the information by looking up the voting archives in the Sandusky County OHIO Board Of Elections online site but found no archives. I am very busy and perhaps I overlooked them.

John Harville

What was the info? Bd of Elc records are all on-line in most counties


My mistake, John. Somebody provided me with the wrong information saying that the county prosecutor was a Republican.

Texx Reloader

Is this Dean fellow the same guy who worked for the Sandusky County Prosecutor a few years ago, and moved on due to a scandal of him stalking a female clerk of courts? Can't find anything, but seems I remember it was him.

John Harville

No. That actually was the Prosecutor of the day who had an extensive affair - and son he never acknowledged until years later - with said Clerk of Courts. He lost his law career when she married someone else, he decided he wanted a relationship with his son, went to her house and bloodied her door trying to get in.


"He lost his law career when she married someone else, he decided he wanted a relationship with his son, went to her house and bloodied her door trying to get in."

John, was the prosecutor disbarred?


So, does this mean it is legal for adults to masturbate with children? Does this set a precedent for other people who want to have sex with children?
I am unable to comprehend how this man is not in prison. The fact that he is a police officer with a clean record is terrifying. How is this possible?


Five years old is not a pre-teen buy any stretch of the imagination. The kid's not even in school!

He is showing a 5 year old porn. There is no justification for that.

A double standard is in effect here.

Matt Westerhold

Two separate incidents: One involving a 5-year old; the second involving a pre-teen. 


Two separate incidents involving young naked boys.

It seems obvious to me that this guy has a fetish for young boys. It seems he loved the act of spanking him so much that he couldn't stop, causing the bruises and bleeding.

He obviously does not like women, has no respect for them, and takes his anger out on them.

His behavior is that of a person who,was sexually abused as a child. Especially his alibi, defense , "I wanted to teach him". Many child molesters justify their actions using this same defense.

John Harville

He showed porn to/masturbated with a 12-y-o
He 'disciplined' a 5-y-o with an alleged beating for wetting the bed.


Yet Mike Dewine and the boys don't investigate the entire offices of Sandusky county. Why does this guy still have a job with the Ohio State Troopers? Thought they were above and beyond the law, however this is a entirely new level for even them.

Texx Reloader

The fact that this even has to be discussed shows the moral bankruptcy, and legal idiocy of those involved. It is a well established fact that pornography is literally hardwired into a young adolescent males brain. Was this a "chick flick" porn? Showing sexual interaction between a couple based on affection and mutual attraction? Or was it the general "run-of-the-mill" fetish porn, of which is just degusting degradation of women? Any of it was probably illegal to view according to the disclaimer on "community standards." At the very least the man is guilty of violating his ethics orders, and possible of "contributing to the delinquency of a minor." Come on folks if there were more female politicians in this county would we really be having this discussion at all?


"Come on folks if there were more female politicians in this county would we really be having this discussion at all?"

Well this is part of the group of males who helped disbar and then repeatedly incarcerated a female attorney complaining about corruption (thefts of funds, case fixing to protect sex and drug crimes) in three counties (Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky) over ten years ago. Guess the good ol' boys really taught all the gals a lesson.

Then again there's Congresswoman Kaptur, but not sure if she qualifies as a woman as she sure doesn't seem to care about what happens to children and women in her district.


Hey Babo, (aka Elsebeth) is this the female attorney that they picked on?

Elsebeth Baumgartner convicted
Posted by Pete Kotz on Thu, Nov 16, 2006 at 6:00 PM

Elsebeth Baumgartner may the most annoying woman alive. What started a decade ago as a beef over her daughter getting benched by her high school cross-country coach has spiraled into an all-out assault on the legal system in Ohio. She's sued literally everybody in her path — judges, prosecutors, former friends — leveling bizarre accusations ranging from child-sex rings to cocaine-smuggling to drunken exploits at Put-In-Bay. Among her many adventures, Baumgartner has been a prisoner, a fugitive leading police on a high-speed car chase, and a patient in a mental hospital. But no one's been able to shut her up. Yesterday Baumgartner was convicted of sending intimidating e-mails to a judge who presided over cases in which Baumgartner was being sued for defamation. And thanks to a little-known 1996 law called the "paper terrorism" statute, she now faces 75 years behind bars for her crimes. But even that won't silence her. She told a Plain Dealer reporter after the sentencing that she intends to take her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And trust us, she means it. — Jared Klaus

The State board of Pharmacy finds Elsebeth Csizmadia-Baumgartner to be impaired mentally to such a degree as to render her unfit to practice pharmacy, to wit: the Supreme Court of Ohio has stated: "we share the concern that respondent, who is apparently also a licensed pharmacist and has no history of professional disciplinary sanctions, may suffer from some mental illness or other disability that is compromising her professional judgment and contributing to the misconduct . . ." Disciplinary Counsel v. Baumgartner (2003), 100 Ohio St. 3d - 41.

Simple Enough II

Usually there is some truth to the allegations.


Again, you are confused about me. However, Elsebeth Baumgartner is the woman referred to in my post above.

I asked in another story since you seem to know so much about her and her case (even obsessed with her) to provide the nature of the threats or intimidating statements as they are called in this article. They are not published anywhere which is very unusual.

Instead you respond with a small story from Cleveland Scene which again doesn't provide any content for the statements.

For example, was it really a beef about her daughter or was it about alleged thefts of funds from the school system? The Port Clinton News Herald reported that Dean Henry was appointed as a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of thefts, obstruction of justice and other corrupt activity in 2000-2001. Maybe her daughter was not "benched" but harassed? Maybe Baumgartner was blocked and lied about by OC Law enforcement as appears to have happened by SC LE to protect some friends? After all the former Sheriff who was very active in going after her faces federal charges for theft in office.

Who are all the people she sued in her path? That's a ridiculous statement and you know it. Murray and Murray or McGookey probably have sued more people in a month then she ever did. Heck if one believes John Harville he was probably involved in more lawsuits than her and he's not a lawyer.

The "bizarre accusations ranging from child sex rings to cocaine smuggling to drunken exploits at Put in Bay" Are you serious?

Child sex ring allegations do not sound so far fetched in view of this story about the trooper and how the prosecutor and detective helped protect him. Who were the people she alleged were engaged in child sexual abuse? Could it have been OC LE, some politicians, or their friends?

Cocaine smuggling? Again not so far off in view of the fact that the Sandusky Register made a similar allegation (cocaine use) against the county prosecutor and a court of appeals agreed the paper had a basis to make the allegation because the AG's office had a credible witness who confirmed the activity.

Drunken exploits at PIB? Seriously, you don't think some area LE and public officials get drunk and do stupid things at PIB?

She was jailed as a result of a complaint by Kevin Baxter's former company Island Express complaining that her statements at a public meeting about them were false. But it seems her statements were about drug abuse, an alleged cover up of a murder mislabeled as a suicide and the real laugher warning council not to enter into a contract with the company as the contract was possibly illegal, and the company had a history of not paying its bills. (We all remember that the company stuck Erie County with over $200,000 in unpaid taxes and stiffed Port Clinton on its dockage contract) I got the information about her case from the Sixth District Court of Appeals.

A fugitive leading police on a high speed car chase? She argued that was about a bad misdemeanor warrant placed on her related to the Baxter case and the chase was not high speed according to OHP at the time. Funny that she was prosecuted to the max while a male trooper who allegedly abuses women and children can flee police and nothing happens.

A patient in a mental hospital? The docket in her case says she was placed there because she asked for a continuation of her trial because she wanted an attorney and was no longer capable of representing herself according to her doctor. So asking for an attorney qualifies a person jailing in a mental hospital? Better build a bunch of mental hospitals for all criminal defendants who invoke their right to counsel.

Then we finally get to the point, she was convicted (in Cuyahoga County) of sending intimidating emails to a judge presiding over a defamation case (in Ottawa County) in which she was being sued. Again what are the intimidating statements in the emails?

I read the Paper Terrorism statute (RC 2921.03) and it criminalizes false court documents not statements on the internet. Gosh does this mean you believe the Register and its many posters can be indicted for false statements made about Dr. Wukie a public official in order to get him to change his ruling too?

Then you go back to reposting the Pharmacy Board decision which is based on the Ohio Supreme Court decision neither of which as far as the record shows are based on a medical doctor's finding of mental illness. As we know from the Limberios case lawyers and public boards can't make rulings based on medical facts without a doctor's finding. Also, if she was mentally ill why did anyone take her allegations about them so seriously that they felt compelled to incarcerate her to shut her up?

Again, IMO everything you provided only tends to confirm your hatred of women in general and this woman in particular. Maybe you are one of the men who benefitted in some way from her incarceration?

Julie R.

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Does anybody hear Erie Voices?

I bet Kevin Baxter does!


So now you think Babo is the editor of Erie Voices or are you the Editor of Erie Voices?

Check the facts:

1) You've posted comments on other stories that are critical of Ottawa County officials (prosecutor Mark Mulligan) (former Sheriff Bratton) and State Representative Chris Redfern.

2) You've posted comments on this and other stories that are critical of Sandusky County LE, Prosecutor Stierwalt, and Dean Henry.

3) You posted links to stories about newspaper competition and or lawsuits concerning the Register and News Herald/Messenger.

4) You posted link to a Plain Dealer story concerning LE corruption in Cuyahoga County.

5) You have not published any comments critical of Erie County LE or Kevin Baxter. There have been some comments about Icsman and lack of prosecution in Municipal Court.

The facts indicate you appear to despise LE misconduct in every place except Erie County, where Erie Voices was published, and have an interest in following newspaper on line stories in the area.


Here's what we do know Texx. This Ricky guy is #$@!^%. He gives good L.E. a bad name. To the Register...hope you push hard on this topic!


If this were a female child there would have been charges straight away. Why are we sending the message to our future men that they will not get protection and if they do they will be on blast? This could be why we have so many screwed up "men" out there such as this one messing with little kids. This story is horrible for so many reasons.

John Harville

Justice... not so. Read elsewhere on here about nine female students who charged a Clyde-Green Springs teacher with improper touching, language, etc.
The prosecutor declined to prosecute but warned the teacher/coach 'one more incident...". Well, just let it be said that crimes against girls in these counties also get buried.


"Read elsewhere on here about nine female students who charged a Clyde-Green Springs teacher with improper touching, language, etc."

I see that Erie County OHIO authorities refused to look into misconduct about a male teacher having sex with the female students at the vocational school called EHOVE.


After reading all of this..where are the parents in this? I would be pressing for prosecution!! I don't care if it happened 5 years ago or not!!


Well, it looks like the parent of the 5 year old, got head butted when she tried to stop the spanking. She then went out and attempted to get a CPO.

And I'm guessing, when the other parent, tried to get her CPO, she listed the masturbation episodes, as part of the reason to get her protection order.

The problem here, is not with the mothers! It is with the Good Ole Boys protecting each other!

Julie R.

This is so totally unbelievable, I had to read this article twice just to make sure I was reading it right.

How bout that

This guy is still a cop!!????

HS Sports Fan

Why doesn't this surprise me? These above the law, none law abiding scumbags are into something all the time. And always get away with it. Why is this, What is wrong with their minds? Could you imagine being married to or being a child of one of these clowns? PITIFUL!

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Ricky's sickening SR story was posted on the above Facebook page.

"If it weren’t for the costume in which Ohio resident Ricky Vitte, Jr. dresses each day, he would probably be facing felony child sex abuse charges and the prospect of being designated a violent sexual offender for life."

"Prosecutors won’t charge Ohio trooper who masturbated with boy to teach him about sex"
"Sandusky County, Ohio Sheriff’s Deputy Sean O’Connell said an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper with a history of domestic violence won’t face charges related to alleged sexual encounters involving a boy even though Trooper Ricky Vitte Jr. acknowledged to his wife that he watched porn with the boy five years ago. In addition, he admitted to he and the boy masturbated together."

This news story is spreading and lots of thanks to the Sandusky Register.


Comments on

"Some people should not be in law enforcement, Sean O’Connell is one of those people. I think it is time for him to find a new career at the very least."

"Well, the county is certainly named correctly."

"He should be in jail with Sandusky. Not working for Sandusky county. Sicko perve."

Simple Enough II

Why shouldn't he be a detective? He can only investigate, present his findings, it is up to the prosecutor to decide if & what charges to file in the case.


Actually law enforcement officers have a duty to arrest if a crime is committed in their presence. O'Connell failed to arrest Vitte when he fled O'Connell in a dangerous pursuit. That is likely felony fleeing and eluding and O'Connell should have arrested him at the time.

The actions also indicate consciousness of guilt and one could presume Vitte thought he was to be arrested for the alleged crimes against the boy. So there's some other crimes O'Connell that could have directly charged him.

When was the last time a police officer called the prosecutor to OK an arrest fleeing and eluding, reckless op, or any other crime that occurs in their presence? They don't need an indictment as they can directly charge a felony into Municipal Court where the defendant can waive the grand jury and be bound over, or wait until indicted.

Simple Enough II

Oh, the trooper can give plenty of excuses, for example, I heard a call for mutual aid over my radio, I was heading back to my post for XYZ..., I'm working overtime and on patrol....and the final answer is!, "I AM THE LAW".


You've got a point. But O'Connell should have at least tried to arrest and charge and let the Court decide if he has an excuse for fleeing.


Yes, thanks to the SR for posting this story and to all the sites that are picking it up.

Let's leverage this attention to the broader issue of lack of accountability/double standards by LE and the legal system in Sandusky County.

John Harville

A man wants to marry the man he loves... and gets fired.

A male state trooper shows porn to a boy and....all the other shit. And he gets a promotion.

A young father accidentally kills himself with a defective gun and is illegally labelled a suicide.

A mentally ill woman is taunted by jailkeepers who get paid to be quiet - and one of them moved on to another jurisdiction.

A woman dies in a Sandusky jail because no one checked for drugs.

A man gets arrested and jailed and no one knows he has drugs in his underwear until he tries to use them (is that how that story went?)



From reading the comments on a few online sites, I see many references to Jerry Sandusky.


LOL, I always though the reference in the Sandusky trial should have been to the City of Sandusky where sex abuse by LE and members of the government is commonplace.

Maybe people will start to review some of the cases in the City of Sandusky.

Let's see:
Cop rapes girl in police station while hand cuffed.
Erie Commissioner solicits 14 and 16 year old black girls for sex.


I have that information about corrupt Erie County OHIO protecting child molesting crooks.

I wish that Jerry Sandusky would change his name. I search the internet for Sandusky County OHIO and the city of Sandusky OHIO and waste a lot of time because Jerry Sandusky keeps popping up in my online searches even though I eliminated "Jerry Sandusky" and "Jerry" from my search engines.


Yes I forgot a major one:

The former publisher of the Sandusky Register (Jim Hofmann) indicted for sexual abuse of an 8-10 year old boy with a disability but never charged for the sexual abuse of a 8-10 year old girl with a disability. Also the prosecutor conveniently arranged that all the child pornography (federal offense) not be entered as evidence and was never charged for it. Like Vitte, Hofmann groomed his victims by making them watch pornography with him and engaged in masturbation.

That same prosecutor had drug and sexual abuse allegations against him which the Register failed to properly investigate during the publisher's employment. That's Erie County's Good ole boy network.

Tsu Dho Nimh

This is beyond sickening! I wish they would put his butt in jail and let the prison population knock that smile right off of his face! There is absolutely NOTHING that remotely justifies his actions. For those in authority ignoring his actions, Karma is a b@#ch!

"An Ohio State Trooper won't be arrested or lose his job despite allegedly admitting to watching pornography and masturbating with a boy on two occasions."


Stierwalt would not take the call from the Huffington Post!

Wow, how stupid do you feel now Stierwalt?

Ole Ricky is gonna have to move out of town with all his 15 minutes of fame! Who can't get the visual out of their head?! I know I can't !

Can any of you imagine getting pulled over by this guy? He would walk up and look at me and all I could say would be, "masturbate"! Like the Austin Powers movie with the mole on the face!! Hahahahahahaha!


Are u kidding me?? Why is he not getting charges? How is that fair, just because he is a cop SMDH!! How is/was this justified by any means???? What is wrong with the justice system!!!??? Bout to blow a heart valve/gasket over this seriously!! Then they may as well drop all the other sexual cases geez...


The Old Boys Network

The Sandusky Register reports that “Vitte has been represented in the past by attorney Dean Henry, who has worked closely with O’Connell since November 2012 as a special prosecutor and defense counsel for Sandusky County working on the Limberios death investigation.”

Prosecutors are sometimes reluctant to prosecute police or government officials because of the close ties, friendships, and fear of professional retaliation.

As more information develops this story will be updated.


"Sandusky County prosecutor Stierwalt: No crime in highway patrolman's sexual encounter with pre-teen"

Let me fix that heading.

"Jerry Sandusky County prosecutor Stierwalt: No crime in highway patrolman's sexual encounter with pre-teen"

Julie R.

This is even worse than the case against that former Cuyahoga County Recorder Patrick O'Malley, who was a good buddy of the snake Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason.

BTW, who is "the usual law firm" that Babo and John Harville are talking about?


The lawyer (Warhola?) worked for Baumgartner & Toole and later Stumphauzer and O'Toole. Surprise!

Julie R.

Thank you for that information. It's who I suspected you were talking about and believe me when I say it comes as no surprise. That's the big Lorain County law firm that I'm always referring to as Baxter & Co.'s favorite law firm.