Clark Fredericks is pictured in a Sussex County, N.J., courtroom, where he pleaded guilty on Wednesday to killing Boy Scout leader and retired corrections officer Dennis Pegg in 2012. Fredericks, pictured inset as a child, told the court that Pegg sexually abused him from the time he was 8 until he was 12 years old. (Photos courtesy of CBS New York)
When Clark Fredericks pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stabbing a former sheriff's deputy, a New Jersey courtroom full of people broke out in applause.
Fredericks pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the June 2012 stabbing death of Dennis Pegg, a retired corrections officer, a respected Boy Scout leader and, according to Fredericks, a pedophile.
"From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12 years old, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg," Fredericks stated in his emotional plea.
that Fredericks pleaded guilty in a deal that reduced his charge from one of murder.
"We feel it is a fair and appropriate result given all the circumstances," Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller told the television station.
Fredericks told the court that Pegg, a family friend, admitted to him around the time of the abuse that he'd also had sex with one of Fredericks' young friends, who he identified only as Jeff.
Jeff committed suicide in 1983, Fredericks said.
Pegg also showed him Polaroid pictures of other naked young boys that he had abused. that child pornography was found on Pegg's computer after his slaying; the computer and a box of photographs were seized from his home.
Other men have also come forward saying that Pegg abused them as children, .
Fredericks said Pegg also tortured and killed animals and told him as a child that he would do the same to him if he told anyone about the abuse. His parents began to suspect something was awry, but he always denied the abuse when they'd ask if Pegg had hurt him.
Ultimately, more than 30 years later, it was the case of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky that made him snap, Fredericks said.
"My reaction to seeing Sandusky get out of that car with his lawyer is that Dennis Pegg would never be held accountable," Fredericks said in his statement. "The next day -- June 12, 2012 -- my shell cracked. My mind flooded with images, memories, anger, and mostly shame."
Fredericks told the court a friend drove him to Pegg's house in Stillwater, N.J. The door was open, and he went in and stabbed Pegg more than 20 times in the neck, chest and stomach.
"At the end, I slit his throat," Fredericks said.
Fredericks faces between five and 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in September, . His friend, Bob Reynolds, still faces a murder charge for driving him to the scene of the crime.
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