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It’s been five years since a highway trooper in Ohio had reportedly watched pοrn and mαsturbated in the presence of a teen. And, although Ricky Vitte, Jr. admitted the act to his wife and has a history of domestic violence, he won’t be facing any time or charges for his actions. In fact, prior charges against him have been withdrawn by a prosecutor in Sandusky County. The prosecutor says he believes Vitte could offer a defense that would justify his actions. Ironically, the explanation Vitte gives for his behavior doesn’t seem as though it would convince a jury of his innocence. Vitte says he performed the act to teach the young boy about sεx, providing him with a form of sεxual education.
The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office explains, Vitte’s “reasoning is the fact that he did not want [the boy] to feel pressured on feeling the need to have to have sεx with someone, when he can fix those needs by mαsturbating to pοrn.”
Before his troubles with this incident, Vitte had also been in trouble for allegedly spanking his former girlfriend’s 5 year old son and head-butting the woman. Even his own children have accused him of pushing and punching them on at least one occasion. Fellow police officers even recall him leading them on a short car chase while attempting to interview him.
According to the Sandusky Register, no one knows the real reason why the charges were dropped against Vitte, but it’s not at all uncommon for prosecutors to go lightly on a police officer when accused of wrongdoing. In a recent report, it was discovered that ”99 percent of police brutality reports in central New Jersey lead to no action.” While in Los Angeles, only “instances of officer-involved shootings led to criminal charges. Human Rights Watch argues that this pattern extends to other major cities,” where accountability is rare.
As the Sandusky Register points out, it is not clear why the prosecutor in this case, Tom Stierwalt, dropped this case, but they noted that in another case involving officers that actually made it to trial, where the cops were caught on tape beating a homeless man, there was no prison time ordered for the officers.
Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.
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