Man violates probation, refusing to complete sex offender treatment

NORWICH A man was found guilty of violating his probation Monday after counselors claimed he refused to accept responsibility for his crime in a sex offender treatment program.

James A. Vitarius, 62, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child on April 2, admitting he asked an underage girl to expose herself to him.

Though the misdemeanor conviction is not a sex crime, prosecutors claim it was sexually motivated and part of the plea agreement required Vitarius to follow the direction of Chenango County Mental Health, which ordered him to complete two sex offender treatment programs. The plea did not require Vitarius to register as a sex offender.

Public Defender Alan Gordon said the accusations against his client involved an incident that took place almost a decade before he was arrested, between December of 2000 and the spring of 2001.

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