Former West Michigan police officer to be sentenced

Former Covert Township police officer, Erich Fritz, accused of rape and kidnapping learns his fate.

PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A former west Michigan police officer accused of kidnapping and rape will learn his fate Monday.

In July of 2016, Newschannel 3 broke the story of the accusations against Covert Township officer Erich Fritz.

Last month, he took a plea deal in order to have the rape charge dropped. The now former Covert Township officer faces up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing.

Erich Fritz was charged with rape and kidnapping after pulling over a man and woman for drunk driving in July of 2016.

Michigan State Police say Fritz took the man to jail but drove the woman to a hotel where he's accused of raping her.

Fritz admitted to having sex with the woman, but his attorney says it was consensual.

He was originally set to head to trial earlier this year after rejecting a plea deal, but last month he accepted that deal, which dropped the rape charges.

He will be sentenced in court in Paw Paw Monday morning.

We will have a crew there and will update the story once his sentence is handed down.

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