A Cass County man was sentenced Monday to 10 to 15 years in prison in connection with the sexual assault of a child.
Terry L. Fritsch Jr. of Manley, Nebraska, pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to attempted sexual assault of a child in exchange for a promise by prosecutors not to seek more than a 15-year prison sentence. He was sentenced on his 43rd birthday.
The prosecution also dropped charges of third-degree sexual assault of a child and intentional child abuse. Fritsch faced up to 50 years in prison if he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child. He faced up to three years in prison on each of the two other charges.
According to court files, Fritsch had a sexual relationship with a child less than 12 years old starting July 13, 2016, and continuing through Jan. 15, 2018. Fritsch will be credited with 176 days served in the Cass County Jail.