Don Fritzsche – Repeat Sex Offender – Agrees he’s a scumbag


Convicted sex offender Don Fritzsche pleaded guilty to one felony count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16 in District Court Tuesday and agreed to undergo a psychosexual evaluation prior to sentencing.

Fritzsche was on District Court Judge Fred Gibler’s docket for a pretrial conference in preparation for his trail, set for Jan. 27, for two counts of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.

Attorney David Lohman, representing Fritzsche, informed Gibler during the pretrial conference that a plea agreement had been reached.

The plea agreement stipulated that Fritzsche would plead guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16 while a second count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16 would be dismissed. The agreement also outlined a psychosexual evaluation Fritzsche has consented to undergo, with a report — including a professional analysis of the test results — to be issued to the court and used by Gibler in Fritzsche’s sentencing.

The maximum penalty for lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16, Gibler said, is a sentence of up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Gibler set Fritzsche’s sentencing for April 13 at 9 a.m.

Fritzsche, then 33, was arrested on a federal warrant in Bonners Ferry last July in connection to the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl. Lt. Corey Thompson with the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office, who was involved in an investigation of Fritzsche, reported that the man left the St. Joe River area near Avery and fled the state when he learned a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Fritzsche, reportedly on the run from Texas and Oregon to Montana and Washington, was featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” He was later arrested in Bonners Ferry.

According to Thompson, Fritzsche’s record includes prior imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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