No jury verdict yet in aggravated child sex abuse case

CEDAR CITY – Jury deliberations will resume Friday in the trial of a Cedar City man accused of sexually abusing a child while babysitting her.

The 8-member panel had only been deliberating for about two hours before they decided to take an overnight break. The jury’s decision came after listening for two days to gut-wrenching testimony and shocking details involving sex abuse of a 9-year-old girl.

Blane Scott Fredrick, 56, was arrested Oct. 20, 2013 following a police interview where court records state he allegedly admitted to touching the victim two times.

Cedar City police conducted a forensic interview with the child on Oct. 18, 2013. At that time, she was 9-years-old.

According to the charging documents in the case filed in 5th District Court, the child told police Fredrick had been touching her vagina “under her panties” every two to three weeks for about one year. It began when the girl was in second grade and ended when she was in third grade, court records state.

The defendant was interviewed two days later at Cedar City Police Department where he allegedly provided investigators with similar details of the abuse. However, Fredrick denied more than one incident occurring between the two.

If you or someone you know is a victim of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day through their various crisis lines. For domestic violence, call 435-865-7443. For rape and sexual assault, call 435-867-6149. For the Mobile Crisis Team, call 435-233-5732.

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