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Man convicted of sex crimes against child

By Bethany Knipp

A former Fort Riley soldier and Manhattan resident was convicted Thursday of committing sex crimes against a child.

George Ferenz, 30, was found guilty in the Riley County District Court of two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties against his ex-wife’s 7-year-old daughter on Oct. 21, 2012.

Ferenz moved to Fort Worth, Texas, after committing the crime. He was arrested last year in Manhattan while he was stationed at Fort Riley.

Ferenz also faced a charge of attempted rape, but prosecuting attorney Barry Disney said Judge Meryl Wilson dismissed it after the victim testified this week and didn’t recount actions that would have provided evidence to justify that charge.

Ferenz was accused by his ex-wife, Amanda Ferenz, of showering with her child and persuading the child to participate in oral sex and other intimate activities.

Amanda Ferenz testified that the girl, whose last name is not Ferenz and who has since moved out of the state, revealed details of the molestation after the mother questioned her about clothes the child was supposed to wear for school.

The mother said she came home from working a night shift at a restaurant on a Monday morning, and found her daughter wearing clothes that were different from the ones that had been laid out the night before.

The girl told her mother she didn’t know where the clothes were because she wore them the day before and took them off when she showered in the couple’s master bathroom. The mother said that was unusual because her daughter had her own bathroom.

The girl, now 8, testified that she had showered in the master bathroom with George Ferenz, who following the shower had “begged” her to participate in other sexual activities.

In his defense, Ferenz testified that his wife, whom he said had problems with alcohol and a possible mental disorder, exaggerated claims made by her daughter to get out of their unhappy marriage.

Ferenz is facing a life sentence with eligibility for parole in 25 years.

Disney said Ferenz could receive a lesser sentence if the judge finds a substantial and compelling reason to separate the charges and consider them individually.

Ferenz’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 21.

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