Former USA Climbing Team Member Accused of Child Rape

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — A former member of the USA Climbing workforce has been arrested on investigation of three counts of third-degree little one rape, officers mentioned.

Alexander Fritz, 28, of Seattle was booked into Snohomish County Jail final week the place he stays on $500,000 bail, Redmond police mentioned Tuesday in an announcement.

Fritz labored with climbing athletes as a coach and route-setter on the Vertical World climbing health club in Redmond, police mentioned.

On Feb. 2, an investigator with the U.S. Middle for SafeSport — a federally mandated investigative physique for regulated sports activities — contacted Redmond police in regards to the sexual misconduct allegations involving younger athletes, police mentioned. The SafeSport investigator despatched paperwork and interviews from her investigations, police mentioned.

Fritz is accused of getting sexual contact with a woman in Canada in addition to within the Washington cities of Bothell, Mukilteo, and Redmond, police mentioned, and the case has been forwarded to the FBI for consideration of federal costs as a consequence of allegations of crossing state traces and nation borders.

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It wasn’t instantly recognized if Fritz has a lawyer to touch upon his behalf.

Fritz’s entry to the USA Climbing Staff and SafeSport licensed gyms has been suspended due to the investigation.

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