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.

Comments

DickTracey

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

Babo

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.

Babo

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!!

Babo

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
216-622-3966
Fax: 216-522-2403
Email: antoinette.t.bacon@usdoj.gov

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?!

MBR

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

Centauri

What did you expect in corrupt OHIO!

https://www.facebook.com/OhioSta...

http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/...
Do you think that this will be reported in the next issue of Flying Wheel?

Centauri

https://www.toledoblade.com/Poli...
"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."

KURTje

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

DickTracey

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!

sugar

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

rbenn

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'...

justice_forall2014

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.

RNR

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

Centauri

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.

Babo

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.

Centauri

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focu...
"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!"

Babo

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.

Babo

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?

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