Former officer accused of kidnapping and rape headed to trial
COVERT TWP, Mich. — A former police officer accused of kidnapping and raping a woman will go to trial.
Erich Fritz was an officer in Covert Twp. In July he was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping.
In court Wednesday, Fritz was offered a plea deal that would have dropped the charges to unlawful imprisonment, a crime carrying a shorter sentence, but that was rejected.
He’s accused of forcing himself on a woman he met during a traffic stop. The two had sex in the hotel room, Fritz says, however he contends that it was consensual. Prosecutors argue he took advantage of his position.