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Milton teen appears in court on sex charge

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Ted Sullivan
March 10, 2009
— An 18-year-old Milton High School student pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he sexually assaulted a teen girl.

A trial will be scheduled for Zachary H. Fry, 9837 N. Clear Lake Ave., Milton. He appeared in Rock County Court on Monday on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child.


Fry has been the starting quarterback at Milton High School for three years. He helped the school win three straight conference titles and was second-team All-Badger South Conference quarterback his junior and senior years.


Minnesota State University at Moorhead has offered him a scholarship, and Fry is listed on the team’s Web site as a member of its football recruiting class.


According to the criminal complaint:


The girl told police she and a friend were given a ride Jan. 24 by Fry and another man to a home on Madison Avenue in Milton.


At the home, the girl’s friend had to use the bathroom, and the two of them went upstairs. Fry and the other man followed.


The girl told police Fry forced her into an upstairs bedroom and sexually assaulted her. She said she yelled, “No,” but Fry covered her mouth so no one would hear her.


The girl was examined at Mercy Hospital in Janesville the following day. An investigator concluded the results of the examination were consistent with the girl’s report of sexual assault.


Fry has been ordered to obey a 7 p.m. curfew, but his attorney, Trish Arreazola, asked the court Monday to let Fry miss his curfew for school athletics and college visits.


Fry is on the golf team and might have meets or practices after 7 p.m., Arreazola said.


He also needs to visit Minnesota to register for college classes, she said.


The court commissioner decided Fry would be allowed to miss curfew for those reasons.


Fry remains free on a signature bond, and he is not allowed to contact the girl.


If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.


A jury trial will be scheduled at a future date.



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