PAPILLION – A former sergeant with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department who was also a volunteer member of a local rescue squad has been charged with third-degree sexual assault.

Shannon Fries of Murdock was arrested in Sarpy County after he was accused of improper touching of a female.

Other news sources report that investigators said Fries recently

conducted a rollover demonstration. The incident took place as he attempted to repay the woman for her involvement in the demonstration. Fries allegedly groped the woman as he was showing her how to do a pat-down search.

According Sarpy County Attorney Brandi Lang, an open court hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 12. The time and the date may change before then, however, she added.

Fries has posted bond and the case is ongoing, said Lang.

Fries was a former member of the Ashland Rescue Department. He and his wife Kona were removed from the department last year by City of Ashland officials, according to sources inside the department.

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