Man gets applause in court after admitting he killed alleged child molester

A courtroom erupted in applause as a New Jersey man was being led away after pleading guilty to killing the man he says molested him as a child.

Clark Fredericks, 49, admitted to stabbing and killing Dennis Pegg in June 2012, according to CBS New York.

Pegg, a retired correction officer, was his Boy Scout leader and a family friend at the time.

Before he was escorted out of court, Fredericks gave a “gut-wrenching account of what he said happened to him as a child,” the CBS affiliate reported.

“From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12 years old, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg,” Fredericks said.

“It started with him wanting to touch my scar that I had through open-heart surgery at the age of 6,” he added. “It progressed to wrestling matches and eventually led to him raping me.”

The admitted killer said Pegg tortured and killed animals while scouting, threatening him with the same treatment if he “told anyone about our secret.”

Fredericks said Pegg also told him he had sex with one of his friends — that friend committed suicide in 1983, and Fredericks is convinced it was because of the sexual abuse.

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For many years, Fredericks said he stayed quiet because of the shame he felt, although he’d occasionally see Pegg around town in the company of other young boys.

(There was never any proof of sexual abuse, but other men made similar allegations against Pegg, CBS New York reported.)

But everything changed when former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky went on trial for sexually abusing 10 boys.

“My reaction to seeing Sandusky get out of that car with his lawyer is that Dennis Pegg would never be held accountable,” Fredericks said. “The next day — June 12, 2012 — my shell cracked. My mind flooded with images, memories, anger, and mostly shame.”

A friend drove him to Pegg’s home.

“At the end, I slit his throat,” Fredericks said, offering no apologies.

Prosecutors agreed to a plea deal, with Fredericks pleading guilty to charges of passion/provocation manslaughter instead of murder.

He will be sentenced in September, and faces anywhere from five to ten years in prison, the judge said.

Tom Tillison

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