Sodomy trial begins

By Bethany Knipp

An 8-year-old child and her mother testified Wednesday against a Fort Riley soldier facing sex crime charges against the child.

George L. Ferenz, 30, is charged with attempted rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties in connection with the alleged molestation of a girl, then 7, in October of 2012.

Under direct examination by Riley County prosecuting attorney Bethany Fields, Ferenz’s now ex-wife, Amanda Ferenz, testified in district court — with Judge Meryl D. Wilson presiding — that she found out George Ferenz molested her daughter after she realized the child’s outfit she set out the night before was misplaced.

She said she questioned her daughter about a red plaid skirt the girl was supposed to wear to school, when the girl revealed she wore the skirt the day before and took it off before taking a shower in the family’s master bathroom.

Amanda Ferenz said her daughter, whose name is not Ferenz and who has since moved out of state, eventually told her mother that George Ferenz had showered with her and afterward begged her to participate in oral sex and other intimate activities in the couple’s bedroom.

The mother said she was at work on the nightshift at IHop during the alleged molestation. 

Amanda Ferenz said she took her daughter to the police that same morning, eventually taking her to Topeka for medical tests for sexual assault, which Field said in her opening statements indicated the girl had been molested.

Ferenz was arrested on Oct. 24, 2012.

Scott Toth, Ferenz’s defense attorney, said in his opening statements that the couple was struggling with finances and Amanda’s alcoholism before the alleged incident.

Toth told the jury that Amanda was not happy in the marriage and would have done anything to get out of it — suggesting the allegations came from a child and thus could have been exaggerated by her mother. 

At the time of publication, the defense had not had an opportunity to present its case.

Toth indicated that George Ferenz, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, will testify.

The trial is expected to last until Thursday.

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