Canton-Galva Teacher Arrested in Salina

A teacher from the Canton-Galva USD 419 school district is suspended after being arrested in Salina for possible child sex charges.

Salina Police Capt. Gary Hanus tells KSAL News that on Nov. 24, 2021, Salina Police were sent to Salina Regional Health Center on reports of a sex offense involving a person under the age of 14 years old. The victim told police about an incident at a south Salina residence involving inappropriate activities.

Hanus said the Detective’s Division assumed the case and had been working on it since then. After further investigation, an arrest affadavit for 59-year-old Barry Fritz was submitted to the Saline County Attorney’s office and approved.

According to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Fritz was arrested on Thursday. He was booked into the Saline County Jail on charges which could include:

  • Aggravated indecent liberties w child; Offender =>18 fondle child <14
  • Aggravated indecent liberties w/ child; Offender =>18 cause child <14 to fondle

Fritz teaches P.E. at the elementary school in the Canton-Galva district.

The USD 419 superintendent told KWCH TV in Wichita Fritz is on administrative leave.

Any further information on this case will be released through the Saline County Attorney’s Office.