SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) – A court document provides deeper insight into the case of a former Canton-Galva school district teacher and coach arrested last month for a child sex crime.
Barry Fritz is accused of indecent liberty with a child. The charge stems from an alleged incident last November, but text and Snapchat messages from Fritz’s family members in the case’s affidavit suggest there may be more cases like the one dating back around two years. decades when Fritz taught at Sacred Heart in Salina.
The alleged victim in this case knew Fritz because she was friends with one of his daughters, spent the night at the family’s house and traveled with them on team sports.
In the affidavit, Salina police detectives said they found messages between the victim and one of Fritz’s oldest daughters who now lives in the Kansas City area, asking what happened and saying that this had been a problem nearly 20 years ago when Fritz was fired from Sacred Heart. .
The affidavit details the charges with input from detectives and a forensic investigator from a child advocacy center. Fritz’s alleged actions include massaging the victim’s feet and legs, touching her genitals, and asking her if she wanted him to arouse her sexually.
Eyewitness News spoke to forensic interviewer Lynette Longstaff who said these are signs of grooming. Longstaff also said simple actions can be less noticeable signs of grooming.
“A method used by offenders that involves establishing a relationship of trust with the child and the adults around them,” she said. “An effort to have access to alone time with the child. Often these are subtle approaches designed to build trust with families.
Fritz got out of jail on bail. Eyewitness News is waiting to hear from Saline County District Court when a hearing will begin.
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