Victim In Coach-Sex Case Admits Pregnancy 8-25-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Victim In Coach-Sex Case Admits Pregnancy 8-25-2010

Opening arguments were heard Wednesday morning in a Tuscola County courtroom in a sex case involving a former Owendale-Gagetown softball coach.
Cory Fritz, 26, of Sebewaing, is accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage team member.
Prosecutors said the sexual encounters occurred between October 2005 and March 2006 in the Village of Gagetown, according to TV5 reports.
During testimony, the team member, who was 14-years-old at the time, admitted to becoming pregnant while having a relationship with Fritz during her sophomore year at Owendale-Gagetown.
Tuscola County prosecutor Mark Reene said the infant died after being born prematurely, and the remains were buried in a wooded area in Gagetown or Elmwood Township in June 2006.
Reene also alleged that Fritz was present when the baby died; however, no remains were ever found.
Frtiz has been charged with 20 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each count carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.
On the stand, the team member described her relationship with the former coach. She said the two had a sexual relationship, had unprotected sex, and she soon found out she was pregnant.
The prosecution asked questions about the nature of the relationship while the defense tried to focus on how old the teen was at the time and how long the relationship lasted.
Wednesday's court proceedings were only about the criminal sexual conduct and not about the fate of the baby. At one point, the judge asked the jury to leave the room and a detective took the stand to talk about the baby.
Count on WNEM TV5 for continuing coverage as the trial continues.

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