XENIA — A former Fairborn ROTC coordinator arrested earlier this month is pleading not guilty to more than 80 charges, including sex and drug crimes.
A Greene County grand jury handed up a secret indictment of 83 counts against Eriks Fricsons, 52, on May 13, online court records show. The indictment became public May 17 after Fricsons was served a copy of the indictment.
Fricsons appeared in court Monday for a bond hearing. At the hearing, his attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Fricsons was indicted on 40 counts of sexual battery, 40 counts of pandering sexual oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person, two counts of corrupting another with drugs and one count of illegal cultivation of marijuana, according online court records.
The alleged incidents of sexual battery and pandering date back to April 2021, according to court records.
News Center 7′s John Bedell was in court Monday where a Fairborn Police detective testified that the alleged victim, an underaged girl, told police that she had been living with Fricsons since March 2021 and that “they had had sex approximately 230 times.”
Detective Shane Hartwell testified that Fricsons video recorded those encounters at his home and stored them on an external hard drive. Police also accused Fricsons of giving the juvenile alcohol and marijuana.
The victim was one of Fricsons’ students at Fairborn High School, according to police.
News Center 7 previously reported that, according to court records, a search warrant was executed on Fricsons’ home and detectives found approximately 50 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Prosecutors wrote in court documents that police stated that Fricsons made statements to the girl that he would pursue “suicide by cop” if the police found out about their relationship. That moved the state to file a motion to deny bail, arguing for Fricsons to stay in jail before the trial.
Fricsons’ lawyer argued for a bond of $10,000 and house arrest, arguing there was no threat or use of force included in the allegations. The lawyer added that Fricsons was not suicidal and that it was legal for him to have guns and ammunition, which had since been removed from his house.
The prosecution and defense are awaiting the judge’s decision, which is expected to happen in writing. Until then, Fricsons remains booked in the Greene County Jail.
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