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.
Vitte later told his wife that he was attempting to teach the boy about sex, according to the report.
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, according to the Sandusky Register.
Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt declined seeking an indictment because he said, Vitte might have presented a defense that justified his alleged actions.
According to a Sandusky County Deputy’s report, 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 reportedly spanked the boy’s buttocks until they were bruised and bleeding. During an argument over the brutal spanking, Vitte head butted his girlfriend.
The Sandusky Register reports:
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.
Over the allegations last year, Vitte sped away from officers to avoid confrontation which ended in a police chase, and he wasn’t charged in that instance either.
Clinical counselor Marlene Boas said of his recent problems, “I can’t imagine a situation where that would be appropriate in our culture.”
“If he would’ve masturbated in the same room as (a pre-teen girl), do you think he would be prosecuted?” Boas said.
Vitte makes $83,000 per year as an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.
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