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Former scout leader faces child molestation charges in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS — A 49-year-old man is facing child sex crimes after he allegedly took a 14-year-old to a hotel and forced the boy to perform sex acts.

Anthony Lee Fruzia was arrested on March 13, 2022 in Denton, Texas, on charges in Colorado Springs stemming from an incident that occurred in late December 2021. His charges include sexual assault of a child by a support person and assault sexual. on a child.

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The victim reported what happened to him to Safe Passage, the El Paso and Teller Counties Child Advocacy Center.

A guardian of the victim trusted Fruzia to let the boy stay with Fruzia for one night. Fruzia usually sees the victim once a year.

According to affidavit of arrest, Fruzia asked the 14-year-old boy to sleep in the bed with him at the Antlers Hotel instead of the sofa. Fruzia allegedly asked the victim to see his penis and then committed sexual acts.

During a recorded phone call where a detective was present, Anthony told the victim that he thought it was “good” that the victim allowed him to have sex with him since it had been ten years since he hadn’t had sex with anyone. According to the arrest documents, when the boy asked Anthony what his sexual preference was, he replied that he preferred 13 to 20, “but sometimes there are younger people.”

According to the victim’s father, Fruzia was a leader of the Boy Scouts in Lake Dallas, Texas, for Troop 191. He was later blacklisted by the organization in the 1990s following allegations of abuse.

Fruzia’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21 at 1:30 p.m. He is currently out of jail on $10,000 bond.

FOX21’s Rachel Saurer will have an update on this story at 9 p.m.