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Gregory Fritzke Racks Up Charges

The story has changed somewhat since our original Gregory Fritzke post. Tuesday, police charged Gregory Fritzke, 43, ex-vice-principle from Ross Glenn School with two more charges: Sexual Assault and Sexual Exploitation to go on top of his original charge of Accessing and Distributing Child Pornography. The alleged assault is believed to have taken place in 2004 against a young girl at Alexandra Junior High School where Fritzke was vice-principle.

This is hard because on one side I hope this charge isn’t made up because it would just be one of those exploitation of the accused cases, but at the same time I hope it is made up because it’s really sick and terrible. Would people rather want this be true and have a tortured child or would they hope and pray that it’s made up to exploit the Fritzke case. What do you think?

To many, this simply reinforced their original beliefs and speculations; however, I am still cautious with saying he is not guilty of anything yet. He is due for court appearance on February 12th (tomorrow). Only after he is defined by law as guilty or innocent will I respectively call him either or – this isn’t the middle ages anymore (ordeal by fire/water).

We have will have more information after (and possibly during) the trial.

Original Post:

To the Gallows, Gregory Fritzke!

Angry comments below (sarcsm):

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7 Responses to “Gregory Fritzke Racks Up Charges”

  1. February 11th, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    P-Bear says:

    Seriously, I’m not even making this up, here was what I thought last week: “I guarantee it is only a matter of time until children start popping up with claims that he molested them. I can’t think of a single student who doesn’t hate a teacher, what a great opportunity for them.”
    Somehow … It’s just such a good song …

  2. February 12th, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    Joe says:

    Just to clarify…tomorrow is just a court appearance. Highly unlikely (although anything is possible) that anything will be done aside from an adjournment. We may see a bail hearing on the new charges, but he was set for election/plea on the child porn charges. Those election/plea dates get moved around quite a bit. So it won’t be a “trial” per se.

    You bring up a good point. A story that sticks out in my mind when I was in Calgary was the case of a little girl (7 I think) saying she had been touched at a bus stop in the middle of the day. She had a vivid description of the vehicle he was in as well as him…they had a composite sketch and the whole nine. There was a huge witch hunt for the guy…and a few days after the search was launched…it was discovered it was all made up. Same thing with the guy who called the station I was working at at the time (QR77) saying he had been beaten up while trying to help out some guy’s with a broken down vehicle. It took nearly a year before it was released that he had made the whole thing up and was charged with public mischief. So I think everyone needs to be careful before jumping to conclusions. It’s not sticking up for anyone…it’s just making sure to hear all sides of the story officially before burning someone at the stake…

  3. March 24th, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Elle says:

    Did you know that only 2% of people lie when they have been sexually assaulted. Majority of individuals do not lie. In fact, only 10% of people report sexual assaults. So it is much more likely for someone not to report the sexual assault than to lie about the sexual assault. I think it is important not to build apon the myth that people lie regarding sexual assault.

  4. March 24th, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Sean says:

    Lots of people are just stupid about it too, Elle. In our society, sex is a pretty lax subject. It’s everywhere, and even being taught now to kids in grades as low as Grade 4, I heard. It seems like if it happened, it would somehow get out or be talked about in some way, even if the kid was told not to say anything. It’s like, if you tell a kid not to say anything (like swearing), it gives more reason to do so…

    All I know is that between Fritzke and Fritzl (Coincidence? Just kidding), and everywhere I turn, I see more and more reasons and justifications that the actions performed by some people make me pretty sick. Not sick to the point that I would rally against something or do more than blog about it here, but sick in the way that this kind of thing is the norm for the media to broadcast now-a-days, for humanity, and no matter where you turn, you can’t escape it.

  5. March 24th, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Vaughn says:

    No, Elle, I did not know that, other than you telling it to us right now. Where did you get this information/statistical data? Also, I’m not being facetious if I came off that way – I would really like to find new factual sources to base my thoughts off of in this matter.

  6. January 13th, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Elle says:

    This information came from Statistics Canada, 1993:

    The rate of false reporting of incidents of sexual assault is 2%. Sexual assault actually has a very low reporting rate. Only 6% of sexual assaults are reported to police (Statistics Canada, 1993). Many women do not report their assailants to the police for fear of not being believed.

  7. January 13th, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Vaughn says:

    A bit dated, but even if those numbers has gone up to say 4% and 10% respectively, it’s still rare… but it does happen. How many people are do those 2% or 6% make up though? That’s what is really important I think. Thanks for getting back with the information after all this time.

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