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San Jose sex crimes detective pleads guilty to sex crime of his own

November 08, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz

A San Jose sex crimes detective pleaded guilty to committing a sex crime and will serve at least six months in jail, prosecutors said Friday.

Tony Fregger, 34, who has worked as a San Jose police officer since 2005, turned himself in last July after his computer was seized by authorities.

The investigation into Fregger showed he had solicited and received explicit photos on Facebook from a girl he knew was a minor, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"Certainly as a police officer in the sex crimes unit, he knew what he was doing was illegal," said Santa Clara County prosecutor David Ezgar.

Court documents showed the girl wrote Fregger, saying she was 17 and that he replied "You' 17!? Oh man, I thought u were like 21! Lol!" Prosecutors said they swapped sexually explicit photos.

As a condition of his plea, Fregger agreed to resign from the force.

"He has lost his job, his reputation and will be incarcerated like the criminals he used to investigate," Ezgar said.

Fregger is to be sentenced Feb. 21.

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