Prosecutors in Sandusky County have decided not to charge an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for allegedly watching porn and masturbating with a pre-teen boy five years ago.
According to Sandusky County Sheriff's Deputy Sean O'Connell, trooper Ricky Vitte Jr. told his wife he was attempting to teach the boy about sex and that a dresser blocked himself and the boy from seeing one another as they masturbated.
"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 in a report.
Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt reportedly decided not to seek an indictment because so much time has elapsed, though the statute of limitations for felonies in Ohio is six years.
Vitte, the son of a retired State Trooper, was previously charged with domestic violence for spanking his then-girlfriend's 5-year-old son’s buttocks until they bled after the boy wet the bed. Vitte also head-butted the woman and was ultimately convicted on a reduced charge of child endangering.
Legal or not, Vitte’s alleged interaction with the boy certainly doesn’t sound like an appropriate educational experience.
"I can't imagine a situation where that would be appropriate in our culture," said clinical counselor Marlene Boas. "If he would've masturbated in the same room as (a pre-teen girl), do you think he would be prosecuted?"
Vitte's wife has filed a “parenting affidavit” seeking custody of the couple's five children.