Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2001

Former councilman gets probation in fondling case

February 22, 2001

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— Former Ness City councilman John Seib and his stepson have been placed on probation for attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Seib, 47, and Jacob Fritzler, 19, pleaded no contest to the sex charges in November. Seib also got probation on three misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, along with a $500 fine on each of those counts.

Assistant Atty. Gen. Sherri Price said some of the victims were present in the courtroom for Tuesday's sentencing. They chose not to speak, but submitted written statements to District Judge Byron Meeks.

The charges stemmed from incidents Dec. 16, 1997, and Sept. 17, 1999. According to testimony at the preliminary hearings, in the first instance Fritzler drove a 14-year-old girl to his home in Ness City and fondled her.

In the second one, Fritzler and other students from Ness City High School were riding home from a ball game at St. Francis, with Seib at the wheel. Seib was accused of providing beer to the teen-agers and fondling a 15-year-old girl.

Both men must register with the state as sexual offenders, undergo drug and alcohol evaluations, and submit to drug tests at their own expense. They cannot change jobs or move without notifying the court and can have no contact with children other than immediate family.

The mother of one of the victims was not pleased that the men got probation.

"They should be in jail," she said. "Beyond that, I'm speechless."

Seib resigned from the city council after entering his plea.

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