PLATTSMOUTH – A Cass County man who was accused of sexually assaulting a young child pled guilty to a felony crime Monday morning.
Terry L. Fritsch Jr., 42, appeared in Cass County District Court for a plea hearing in the sexual assault case. He pled guilty to a Class II felony charge of attempted sexual assault of a child-first degree. The state said it would argue for a minimum sentence of 10-15 years in prison. The defense will be free to argue for a lesser term at the time of sentencing.
The state also dismissed two Class IIIA felony charges as part of the plea arrangement. Prosecutors dismissed one charge of sexual assault of a child-third degree and one charge of commit child abuse-intentional.
Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court authorities learned about Fritsch’s behavior in January 2018. A child told her mother Fritsch had been sexually assaulting her at their Manley residence. The mother took the girl to Project Harmony in Omaha for medical evaluations and a forensic interview. Project Harmony is an organization that protects and supports children who have been abused or neglected.
The girl told authorities Fritsch had been assaulting her since July 2016. The assaults had happened multiple times and had caused pain for the girl.
Cass County authorities arrested Fritsch in early February and transported him to Cass County Jail. Bond was set at $250,000, 10 percent.
A Class II felony carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum term of 50 years. Fritsch remains in Cass County Jail. He will be sentenced in district court July 30.