Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sheltering a runaway and not notifying the runaway's parents.
Dominick Eugene Fritts, 19, drove to Kansas in September with two teen-age girls from South Routt.
Fritts had been staying at the house of one of the girls.
He took off with the 16-year-old and 17-year-old without informing the girls' parents or gaining the parents' permission. According to court documents, the girls said Fritts had said he would find them employment in Kansas.
A routine traffic stop by Kansas police revealed the two girls were runaways.
Fritts was released at the time because there were no warrants for his arrest.
The girls' parents picked them up in Kansas and returned them to Colorado.
Fritts returned to Steamboat Springs and was staying with a friend when police arrested him.
Two counts of violation of custody were dropped, and Fritts pleaded guilty to harboring a minor.
He appears in district court in two weeks on an earlier theft charge.