A New Jersey man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murdering a man he claims sexually abused him and his best friend when they were children.
Clark Fredericks, 49, was arrested and tried for the murder of Sussex sheriff’s officer Dennis Pegg, NBC New York reports. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday and confessed to murdering Pegg, who was his former Boy Scout leader, three years ago.
“From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg,” Fredericks told the courtroom (video below).
According to Fredericks, Pegg also raped his best friend Jeff. He never told anyone about the assaults.
“Jeff committed suicide on February 10, 1983,” Fredericks recounted. “With a shotgun to his head.”
He kept the secret from his parents, even when they asked him if Pegg had ever hurt him.
"Dennis Pegg controlled me by torturing and killing animals in front of me, saying he would do the same to me if I told anyone about our secret," Fredericks said.
Fredericks also said he frequently saw Pegg with other young boys around town.
He believed that since Pegg was a law enforcement officer, there was nothing that he could do.
The breaking point arrived, however, in 2012 when Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was put on trial for sexually abusing children and convicted on June 11.
“The next day, June 12, my shell cracked,” Fredericks told the courtroom.
Fredericks got drunk and high on cocaine that day, and he and his friend Bob Reynolds went to Pegg’s home. He then stabbed Pegg with a hunting knife that the former scout leader gave to him during his time in the Boy Scouts.
"I started stabbing Dennis," Fredericks recounted. "I said, 'How does it feel raping little kids now?’ I also repeated, ‘It's not so fun raping little kids now, is it?' At the end I slit his throat."
Fredericks' friends and families were reportedly weeping during the confession. When he concluded, the courtroom broke out in applause --something the prosecutor told reporters he had never seen before.
Rose Funari was in the courtroom that day. She said that her brother had also been one of Pegg’s victims.
“If someone was to hurt my child, I’ll be honest with you, there would be no judge, no jury,” Funari told NBC New York.
According to Fredericks' family and friends, accusations against Pegg have been made in the past but were ultimately ignored. Prosecutor Francis Koch insists that there was not enough evidence to prove that Pegg was guilty of anything.
Koch does not believe that it justified the murder of Pegg, but ultimately accepted the plea of passion provocation. Fredericks will receive a maximum sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
Frederick’s sentencing will be in August. Reynolds was also arrested as an accomplice in the murder case.
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