Dillon man engaged in a ‘consensual’ relationship with a minor, victim says
Ryan Summerlin May 20, 2014
Details have emerged into the investigation and subsequent arrest of a Dillon man who was taken into custody last month on suspicion of child sexual assault and distribution of methamphetamine charges.
Brook Randall Fritts, 31, was arrested Tuesday, 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.
There are three active cases against Fritts currently in Summit County Court. In two of those cases Fritts faces one count of aggravated sexual assault on a child, a Class 3 felony; a second count of aggravated sexual assault on a child, a Class 4 felony; one count of distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 Felony; two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony; and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, also a Class 4 felony.
The third case involves charges over alleged probation violations.
Deputies noted in their reports there have been a rash of reported methamphetamine overdoses over the last several months in Summit County.
According to court records, sheriff’s office deputies began investigating Fritts on alleged child sexual assault violations on April 1 after a Summit County Social Services employee had a conversation with one of the two alleged victims. The social worker told deputies that the alleged victim admitted to having an intimate 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 to protect their identities because they are minors.
During a follow-up interview with deputies, one of the alleged victims said she and Fritts dated for several months beginning in December 2013 up until a few weeks before the investigation. During that time, the victim said she and Fritts were intimate on about 40 to 50 occasions, all of which were consensual, according to court records.
Fritts was 30 at the time he and the victim began dating, records stated. The victim was and continues to be under the age of 18.
In addition to admitting to having a consensual relationship, the victim also told deputies Fritts would routinely sell or give she and a friend, also a minor, methamphetamine, records stated.
However, deputies did not launch their investigation into the alleged drug violations until more than a week later when the same social worker initiated a welfare check call to police because she thought the two minors referenced above were suffering from methamphetamine overdoses at their apartment in the 800 block of Straight Creek Drive. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed the two minors were in fact in the midst of a methamphetamine overdose, according to records.
Then, on April 28, deputies arrested Ramon Benitez-Romero, an employee of Subway in Keystone, on charges unrelated to the Fritts investigation. However, during the course of his interrogation, Benitez-Romero told deputies Fritts also worked at Subway. Benitez-Romero said he witnessed Fritts on several occasions selling methamphetamine in the parking lot behind the restaurant, 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.
After receiving the information from Ramon-Benitez, deputies responded to the First Interstate Inn in Silverthorne, where it was thought Fritts and the two minors were then residing. Although Fritts wasn’t at the scene, the two minors were, according to court records.
While at First Interstate Inn, deputies confiscated a backpack the minors said belonged to Fritts. After later executing a search warrant for the backpack, deputies booked into evidence eight glass pipes — some of which contained white residue consistent with 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 later tested some of the white residue, which was positive for the presence of methamphetamine, records stated.
Fritts is scheduled for a first appearance at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 23, in county court on the alleged drug violations. He returns at 2 p.m. that same day for another first appearance in county court on the alleged child sex assault case.