Audio released late Tuesday of an alleged phone call between Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Ricky Vitte Jr. and Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt is a fake.
Or a half-fake.
Click here to listen to the call (includes objectionable language)
Tiffin attorney Dean Henry, who represents Vitte, said the voice on the recorder is not his client, but he seemed to suggest the person who answers the phone in the recording is Stierwalt.
Stierwalt did not return numerous phone calls from the Register seeking confirmation.
Henry said he has asked for an investigation into who impersonated Vitte Jr. He declined to say what agency he asked for help.
The audio was received by the Register via email and through Twitter. The email shows it was recorded with a program called "SpoofCard," which is designed to "disguise your caller ID." The program makes it appear the caller is calling from a phone number with which the person being called is familiar.
Two people with Twitter accounts told the Register the call was made to Stierwalt, but the caller was not Vitte Jr. They both said the "SpoofCall" was made by a person associated with "Anonymous," a loosely affiliated anti-corruption Internet group.
The audio lasts just over three minutes.
"Is this Tom? Is this Tom?" the caller asks.
Stierwalt voice: "It is."
VV: "Tom, It's Ricky Jr. How you doing?"
SV: "I'm just wonderful. How are you?
VV: "Not so good. Not so good. I'm getting lots of emails and lots of people are ganging up on me on the Internet."
SV: "Gee, me too."
VV: "So what are we going to do?"
SV: "I'm not sure what we can do, except ignore it."
The Vitte voice asks if Stierwalt is considering changing his mind.
"There's no charges. There's nothing there to charge you with," the voice that appears to be Stierwalt replies, telling the alleged Vitte he is prohibited from speaking with him because he is represented by an attorney. Stierwalt tells Vitte Jr. he will call Dean Henry in the morning.
Henry told the Register Vitte Jr. has been falsely accused; he did not abuse or masturbate with a boy.