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Mr. Edgar W. Friedrichs Jr.

Wrong Edgar W. Friedrichs Jr.?


Jeremy's elementary school

Employment History

  • Principal
    Beckwith Elementary School
  • Jeremy Bell's Principal and Teacher
    Beckwith Elementary School
  • Teacher
    Interboro School District
  • Principal
39 Total References
Web References
Newsroom - S.E.S.A.M.E. - Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct & Exploitation, 10 Dec 2012 [cached]
Then there was Roy E. Bell, of West Virginia, recounting how his 12-year-old son, Jeremy, was drugged, sexually assaulted and killed by his principal, Edgar Friedrichs.
Friedrichs admitted sexual misconduct and was allowed to resign from a Pennsylvania school district then resumed teaching in West Virginia where he ultimately became the Principal at Jeremy's elementary school.
Montgomery Herald - ‘The Jeremy Bell Act of 2006’, 14 Dec 2006 [cached]
Jeremy Bell was a 12-year-old Fayette County student who died in 1997 while in the care of his school principal Edgar Friedrichs Jr., a former teacher who began his career at Prospect Park Elementary School in Delaware County, Pa., over 30 years ago.
Despite accusations of child molestation in the Pennsylvania school, Friedrichs was able to transfer to another school in West Virginia, where he continued his alleged crimes.
While not initially charged with Bell's death, Friedrichs was found guilty of one count of first-degree sexual abuse and three felony counts of sexual abuse by a custodian on Jan. 31, 2002.The children he was found guilty of harming were Bell's two friends.Friedrichs was sentenced to a minimum of 31 years in prison.
Friedrichs, who was formerly principal of Falls View and Beckwith Elementary schools, was indicted on first-degree murder charges in May 2003.
Former Principal In Court On Murder Charges, 24 June 2005 [cached]
Edgar Friedrichs is accused in the murder of 12-year-old Jeremy Bell in 1997.
Friedrichs had been Jeremy Bell's principal and teacher at Beckwith Elementary School.
His trial is set to begin on July 25th.
Left: Edgar Friedrichs shown ..., 20 May 2014 [cached]
Left: Edgar Friedrichs shown in a photograph with his 5th grade class year 1966-67 at Pennsylvania Avenue Elementary School. Right: Friedrichs in prison. (Provided) Left: Edgar Friedrichs shown in a photograph with his 5th grade class year 1966-67 at Pennsylvania Avenue Elementary School. Right: Friedrichs in prison. (Provided)
Edgar Friedrichs quietly left the Interboro School District 41 years ago, and his principal wrote him a recommendation that was cryptic at best.
Friedrichs had been allowed to quietly resign from the Delaware County school amid allegations that he molested some of his students, including a boy who said the teacher raped him in a book closet. Years later, and nearly 500 miles away, similar allegations surfaced.
The story of Friedrichs - long forgotten by many in Delaware County - has become a rallying cry for legislation to require more stringent background checks of teachers.
With his Interboro recommendation, Friedrichs landed a teaching job in Fayette County, W. Va., and eventually became an elementary school principal there.
In 1997, a 12-year-old boy was found dead in Friedrichs' cabin during a fishing trip on the New River. Ultimately, he was convicted of poisoning the boy with chloroform. In a separate trial, Friedrichs was found guilty of sexually abusing two more former Fayette County students.
Speaking through officials at the Mount Olive Correction Complex in West Virginia, Friedrichs declined The Inquirer's request for an interview.
No investigation
Police never investigated the claims against Friedrichs in Interboro. Much of the evidence of abuse is contained in interviews of former students and parents by a private investigator in 1999.
More than 20 years after Friedrichs moved to West Virginia, Jeremy Bell was found dead in Friedrichs' fishing cabin.
More than 20 years after Friedrichs moved to West Virginia, Jeremy Bell was found dead in Friedrichs' fishing cabin.
Authorities did not charge Friedrichs for six years.
Friedrichs grew up in Collingdale, just outside Interboro's ring of primarily working-class towns. After graduating from West Chester University in the mid-1960s, he found a job at Prospect Park.
Friedrichs was a "preferential pedophile," Barber said, attracted to blond-haired boys 9 to 12 years old.
In a recent interview, Bartholomew described Friedrichs' trying to show him how to tuck in his shirt.
Barber said Friedrichs oversaw the school crossing guards, many of them his handpicked "golden boys.
In 2002, Friedrichs was sentenced to 31 to 65 years in prison for abusing two former West Virginia students in the 1990s. The next year, he was charged in the murder of Jeremy Bell. Investigators found evidence that just before the fishing trip, Friedrichs had bought chloroform.
Further tests showed the chemical was in the boy's blood. Friedrichs, who claimed the boy drank the chloroform by accident, was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison.
Legislation to help keep predatory teachers from simply relocating was spurred by a 2004 Philadelphia Weekly series on Friedrichs.
NEPA News, 16 Sept 2004 [cached]
The lawsuit names former principal Edgar W. Friedrichs Jr.; the Fayette County Board of Education; the Interboro School District outside Philadelphia; and Robert J. Castle, a former Prospect Park, Pa., principal, as defendants.
Friedrichs faces a murder charge in Bell's death.He is serving a prison term unconnected sex crimes involving his former Beckwith Elementary School students.
During that trial, a man testified about experience as a child with Friedrichs in the Interboro School District, where Friedrichs taught before he was hired in Fayette County.
The lawsuit says Pennsylvania officials "became fully aware that defendant Friedrichs was a predator who repeatedly sexually assaulted and abused minor students of the Interboro School District."
The note is on a reference form and explains Friedrichs was a fifth-grade teacher for eight years.
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