Nearly six months after he was first accused, an Ohio Highway Patrol officer entered not guilty pleas this morning in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court.
Ricky Vitte Jr., who was fired by the Patrol last month, was accompanied by his attorney, Dean Henry.
Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt took evidence to a grand jury in early April despite his earlier decision in January to drop the investigation of Vitte, saying he didn't believe he could get a conviction because Vitte could argue that he was teaching the boy to masturbate.
That decision sparked a firestorm of criticism after it was reported by the Register and Stierwalt changed his mind.
A grand jury indicted Vitte on two counts of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile.
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