A deal is pending for a Dillon man facing distribution of methamphetamine and child sexual assault charges.
Brook Randall Fritts, 31, appeared for the first time Monday, July 21, in Summit County District Court for an arraignment. During the hearing, Fritts’ attorney, JB Katz of Breckenridge, waived formal advisement of the charges and requested the court schedule the case for a disposition hearing, saying a plea bargain deal was in the works with the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Fritts faces several charges of possession and distribution of a controlled substance, as well as child sexual assault charges, in two active cases in district court.
Fritts also is expected to plead guilty to one count of first-degree trespass of an automobile stemming from an alleged bond violation in 2013, according to court records.
Fritts, who remains in custody on $150,000 bond, returns to district court at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18 for his disposition hearing before chief judge Mark Thompson. Deputy district attorney John Franks is prosecuting Fritts.
Fritts was arrested April 29 following a monthlong investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Silverthorne Police Department, the Dillon Police Department, Summit County Probation, Summit County Social Services and the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
The sexual assault probe was launched April 1, after a Summit County Social Services employee had a conversation with one of two alleged victims. The social worker told deputies the alleged victim admitted to having a sexual relationship with Fritts and that he would also provide she and another victim methamphetamine.
The names and ages of the two alleged victims have been redacted from court records because they are minors.
Investigators did not launch an investigation into the alleged drug activity until more than a week later. While conducting a routine welfare check, at the request of Social Services, law enforcement officers discovered the two alleged victims suffering from methamphetamine overdoses at their apartment in the 800 block of Straight Creek Drive.
Deputies received additional information about Fritts’ alleged drug activity when they arrested Ramon Benitez-Romero, an employee of Subway in Keystone, on charges unrelated to the case. During the course of his interrogation with law enforcement, Benitez-Romero said he witnessed Fritts — also a Subway employee — selling methamphetamine in the restaurant’s rear parking lot, according to court records.
Deputies then responded April 28 to the First Interstate Inn, where it was thought Fritts and the two alleged victims were residing. Although Fritts was not at the motel at the time, officers confiscated a bag belonging to the suspect.
After executing a warrant to search the bag, officers booked into evidence eight glass pipes — some of which contained white residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine — a syringe, a small plastic baggie also containing white residue, a glass vial, two digital scales and several documents confirming the backpack belonged to Fritts, records stated.
Deputies noted in their reports there have been a rash of reported methamphetamine overdoses over the last several months in Summit County. Many of the survivors claimed they received the drug from Fritts, according to records.