Patrolman gets tipped off, twice

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper recently investigated for masturbating with a pre-teen boy not only has a history of domestic violence, but a history of being tipped off.
Courtney Astolfi
Jan 23, 2014
When Sandusky County sheriff’s Detective Sean O’Connell told trooper Ricky Vitte Jr’s post commander of the allegations and arranged to interview him at the Toledo Patrol post late last year, Vitte got wind from someone that something was up.

He called the boy’s mother and asked her if she told child welfare caseworkers “everything,” according to a deputy’s report filed by O’Connell. Vitte then skipped out on the planned meeting with the detective and headed home.

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O’Connell and another sheriff’s deputy were en route to the post when the boy’s mother contacted them and told them of the call from Vitte. His post commander also called O’Connell and told him Vitte left work early and was headed home.

They turned around and headed there, too, arriving at the home before Vitte.

Lying in wait, they saw Vitte approaching the home, but he fled after noticing the deputy’s cruiser parked nearby. He stopped after speeding away at up to 60 mph with the deputy’s cruiser in pursuit. When he finally stopped, he refused to talk with the detective until he could talk with his attorney, Dean Henry, according to the report.

Henry, who has been working with O’Connell for the past 15 months as a special prosecutor for Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt’s office, works as a defense attorney.    

He defended Vitte in a previous incident in which he allegedly assaulted a 5-year-old boy and the boy’s mother.

A 2003 deputy’s report about that previous incident states Vitte beat the boy until his buttocks were bruised and bleeding and then head-butted his mother when she became upset. Henry successfully defended Vitte in that case, pleading down his domestic violence charge to a lesser charge of child endangering.

The woman filed for a protection order against Vitte, but later dissolved it. Then, in a second protection order barring Vitte from contact with her son, Henry pushed to modify the order so the trooper could carry his service revolver and keep working as a road patrol trooper.

In another apparent tipoff this week, Vitte closed down his Facebook page just hours after the Register informed Stierwalt, O’Connell and Henry the newspaper intended to publish a news article about the allegations at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Register sent Stierwalt and O’Connell an email a day prior with a list of questions about the allegations, noting the deadline for a response. An email also was sent to Henry, simply seeking comment as Henry had defended Vitte against the prior criminal charge related to the assault on the boy and his mother.

Stierwalt’s office decided Jan. 9 not to charge Vitte for the alleged sexual misconduct with the boy, according to O’Connell’s report, because of the amount of time elapsed since the sexual misconduct incidents and because there was a lack of physical evidence.

After the Register contacted him the following week, however, Stierwalt reviewed the reports again and said the main reason he didn’t move forward with the case was because he didn’t believe he could get a conviction, given that Vitte told the woman he was teaching the boy how to masturbate.

The boy told Erie County social workers Vitte twice showed him pornography while Vitte and the boy masturbated together, according to O’Connell’s report. The incidents allegedly occurred five years ago, when the boy was a pre-teen.

Vitte told the boy’s mother he was teaching the boy he didn’t need “to have sex with someone when he can fix those needs by masturbating to porn,” O’Connell’s report stated.

During the course of O’Connell’s investigation, Vitte was assigned to administrative duties at the post.

When the Ohio State Highway Patrol learned two weeks ago Stierwalt was not going to pursue charges, Vitte was reassigned to the road, where he’s been performing regular trooper duties since, patrol spokeswoman Lt. Anne Ralston said.

The patrol was aware of the allegations, Ralston said, but has not initiated its own investigation.

“We’re in the process of looking into those allegations to determine where we need to go administratively,” Ralston



Sick bast_ard. This guy truly believes he is above the law and needs to be brought down! Send him to jail and let the inmates show him how to masturbate, bahahahahha.

nosey rosey

Ok, I am not condoning the behavior BUT waiting 5 years to talk is ridiculous! Don't tell me the boy was scared because that's BS.


You have no idea why he kept quiet. He could have been threatened. maybe this boy now wants to prevent this guy from hurting others. Don't judge unless you've lived it.


Maybe "nosey rosey" masturbates with teen boys all the time.


Corrupt police will plant drugs on people, kill people and then plant a gun on the victim to justify murder by cop, go after family members and using many intimidation tactics. Many innocent people are in prison because of misconduct by police and corrupt prosecutors. There are many ways to silence innocent victims by corrupt police.


Nnosey rosey, The fear of negative consequences, such as being blamed for "seducing" the perpetrator or being accused of lying often causes a victim to remain silent. The effects of this type of abuse is never forgotten by the victim if he was a pre-teen then he is still only a teen now. I for one commend him on his bravery for coming forward now. I can't imagine why you feel you have to re-victimize him all over again. Shame on you.

Mom of 2 boys

Nosey roses, you've obviously never been in an intimidating situation where a "trusted"adult has been inappropriate with you; you are a lucky person then. This happens more often than you think, and it can take years to mature and come to the point where you can finally deal. There can be a trigger that brings it all back or just the guilt of finding out as you mature that certain actions were not "normal" or "ok" with that trusted adult. We have a lot of disfunction in our society today...and there are a lot of "at risk" kids out there, never mind the ones that aren't at risk and end of having a "trusted" highway patrol figure in his life....this is wrong on so many levels....the last thing he should be doing is patrolling anything!

John Harville

A female who was assaulted by a priest when she was 14 waited until she was 30 to take action.
Sometimes children repress such memories until something sparks them - something totally unexpected.
SOP for pedophiles is to threaten serious retribution. And the boy already had seen how his siblings and mother were treated by this man.
My favorite question: "Does it hurt to be so stupid?" It should.


So Dean Henry thinks it's ok for this guy to assault women and children? Nice.


"Vitte said a dresser blocked his and the boy's views of each other"

Was it a highboy dresser or a Chippendale male review dresser?


Not condoning the behavior either but regarding this----> "Then, in a second protection order barring Vitte from contact with her son, Henry pushed to modify the order so the trooper could carry his service revolver and keep working as a road patrol trooper," COULD be about child support. If "daddy" isn't working, then the boy's mom wouldn't get child support. Child support is one of the biggest moneymakers for the state of Ohio and income for the county. Wouldn't want to lose that, now would "we?" (*sarcasm)


Nowhere does it say it was his son, but her son. So I doubt he'd be paying support, but I don't know. Henry would not modify this so he could work to pay support, he modified so the guy could work to save himself. This loser Vitte, needs to be accountable for his actions.


Thanks for pointing that out. I went back and looked.

So these particular 2 abused boys, one with the bruised and bleeding butt from being spanked for wetting the bed, was the son of "then girlfriend"...then the porn teaching incident, son of his wife or he admitted the incident with this boy to his wife.

He apparently does have kids of his own:
"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."

You disgraced that uniform, Ricky. You brought disrespect and shame to your stand-up brothers and sisters that bring dignity to the badge!


To think other officers have lost their jobs for "conduct unbecoming of an officer" and less whatnot, and somehow all of this isn't? He has disgraced the uniform and blackened the eye of those honorable officers that work hard to maintain a level of professionalism and notable conduct while upholding the law.

Mom of 2 boys

Well said!! Agreed!!


Stierwalt thinks Ricky's excuse is valid, that "he was just teaching" the boy, no harm done.

Am I the only kid that didn't get on "the job" training?

Can I just take a quick poll? How many of you guys, had to be taught how to masturbate?


That's what I wondered, and I'm a girl. Who needs to be taught how?


ROLMAO!!! I adore all your posts Ladydye_5.

John Harville

Girls masturbate, too.

John Harville

I was only warned about going crazy, blind or being exposed by growing hair on my palms.
50 years ago in a rural gas station was an ad for tobacco. It showed a baby boy with his hand in his diaper with the words "I think I just found my male pouch'.


"In another apparent tipoff this week, Vitte closed down his Facebook page just hours after the Register informed Stierwalt, O’Connell and Henry the newspaper intended to publish a news article about the allegations at 3 p.m. Tuesday."

I hope that the Sandusky Register copied the information on Ricky's Facebook account. That information would be very useful to me.


"Testilying" - a portmanteau of "testify" and "lying" - is a United States police slang term used when an officer gives a false testimony in court in favor of their fellow police officers. If an officer chooses not to lie in court they may be threatened and ostracized by fellow police officers.

It's true. Happens in divorce court too. Dig up some stories of women divorcing a cop.

John Harville

Alernate definition. Portmanteau is a large traveling case often used - in train-traveling years - as a dresser.


"Patrolman gets tipped off, twice"

Is child predator and Ohio State Highway Patrolman Vitte just the "tipp of" the iceberg?
Does he, by any chance, belong to a local child predator ring?

There really is not going to be any investigation?


I believe he is a part of circle of men in law enforcement and legal circles who engage in abuse of women and or children. The circle is protected by those in authority who are compromised as well. There is also a lot of drug activity or payments for protection of drug activity associated with sex crimes.

I have personally interviewed women who report S&M/bondage "clubs" in the area (Erie, Sandusky, Ottawa, Seneca counties) and that police officers, lawyers and some public officials are involved.

This activity will not be investigated by state officials because too many of them are involved. IMO, there will have to be federal intervention, and even that might have to come from Washington DC instead of the local Feds due to the enormous political power of some of the men involved.

John Harville

North American Man-Boy Love Association was topic of a Law & Order SVU show a few years ago.

From their website: "NAMBLA's goal is to end the extreme oppression of men and boys in mutually consensual relationships by:

• building understanding and support for such relationships;
• educating the general public on the benevolent nature of man/boy love;
• cooperating with lesbian, gay, feminist, and other liberation movements;
• supporting the liberation of persons of all ages from sexual prejudice and oppression.
Our membership is open to everyone sympathetic to man/boy love and personal freedom."

Once there was a report of a chapter in Sandusky. Ooops I can't give a citation... but, oh well.

Peninsula Pundit

Yet I was chided by the rainbow when I posted that first it will be gay marriage and then NAMBLA, polygamists and all the other freaks will want 'equal rights' as well.
'supporting the liberation of persons of all ages from sexual prejudice and oppression.'
Isn't that the same thing the homosexuals are saying?

Ben Crazy

He is a cop, he will be protected by other cops. they all lie and cover up ! Unfortunatly
thats how it works


Why was Vitte transferred in 2008 to the Toledo post from the Fremont post?