Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2006

Federal judge OKs delay in sentencing for ex-coach

August 31, 2006

Sentencing for the former University of St. Mary football coach on child pornography charges has been delayed until October.

James Cross, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said District Judge Kathryn Vratil last week postponed the sentencing hearing for 42-year-old Scott Frear until Oct. 10.

Frear originally was to be sentenced on Monday, Aug. 28.

Freer pleaded guilty June 9 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to trafficking in child pornography.

Frear's attorney, Thomas Dawson of Leavenworth, filed the request for the sentencing delay.

In the motion, Dawson wrote he needed adequate time to interview medical evaluators in preparation for testimony at the sentencing hearing.

He said he also requested the continuance to prepare and file objections to a revised pre-sentence report on his client that was presented Aug. 22.

In his plea, Frear admitted he corresponded during July 2005 with a person whose screen name was "bradnh14" in the chat room of a group hosted by yahoo.com that caters to adults interested in sex with or between male children, according to the office of Kansas' U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren.

A detective who was posing as "bradnh14" had posted a profile with a photo of himself when he was 13 or 14 years old.

During the conversation over the Internet, "bradnh14" told Frear he was 14 and a resident of New Hampshire.

Frear replied that he was 28 years old, a teacher and a resident of Kansas.

Frear was indicted in August 2005, just before the start of football practice for University of St. Mary.

He resigned his coaching duties at St. Mary on Aug. 16 -- the same day the university was made aware of the federal investigation into Frear's activities.

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