SJPD Detective Charged with Sex Crimes

A San Jose sex crimes detective was charged this week with possessing sexually graphic photos of a teen girl.

Tony Fregger, 33, surrendered Thursday evening, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The eight-year SJPD veteran has been placed on paid administrative leave from his assignment to the Sexual Assaults Investigation Unit. While San Jose Inside does not have license to publish, here is a link to a photo of Fregger found on the Chi Pi Sigma fraternity’s Flickr page.

Fregger first contacted the victim online, prosecutors say. On Jan. 26, 2011, the victim sent a Facebook message to the officer that said, “I’m 17 and my birthdays (sic) in February.”

“Oh man, I thought u were like 21! Lol,” Fregger allegedly responded.

She was 16 at the time, according to the DA’s office.

Even though he knew the victim was a minor, the detective still asked for sexually graphic pictures of the girl from January to February 2011, says Sgt. Johnson Fong of the SJPD Internal Affairs Unit.

Fregger’s colleagues searched Fregger’s personal computer in May this year and found sexually explicit photos of the victim tucked away in a folder labeled with her name.

“This officer’s job was to investigate sex crimes,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement sent out Thursday. “Those in law enforcement who criminally abuse the public’s trust do a tremendous dishonor to their fellow officers and they will be held accountable by my office.”

Jennifer Wadsworth is the news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley. Email tips to [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @jennwadsworth.

3 Comments

  1. This is why I like Jeff.  He doesn’t care about who’s in the in crowd, or who’s related to who, or how prosecuting someone might damage his political collateral.  He just does the right thing.

    Keep rocking Mr Rosen.

  2. SJI,

    Under the context of this story, it doesn’t seem too cool that you would post his picture without cropping out the face of the female in back of him. It also doesn’t seem too cool that you might sully the reputation of a respected SJSU fraternity by association to him. The kids that are the active members did nothing wrong.

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