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Potter man accused of touching 7 year-old-girl, mother accused of trying to extort $20k and not tell police

Kristie Keenan being booked into the Cheyenne County Jail Kristie Keenan being booked into the Cheyenne County Jail
Jason Frei being booked into the Cheyenne County Jail Jason Frei being booked into the Cheyenne County Jail

A bizarre case out of Cheyenne County lands a Potter man and a Dalton mother in jail.

An investigator with the Sheriff's office was following up on a report that 55-year-old Jason Frei of Potter had inappropriately touched the 7-year-old daughter of 29-year-old Kristie Keenan.

According to arrest affidavits, Keenan found about the incident, and demanded that she be financially compensated. Early text messages show at first Frei asks Keenan how much a new furnace for her home would cost. She texted Frei that he needs to go to the bank to get a loan "first thing in the morning". 

The affidavit continues to explain that Keenan told Frei, "I only want cash and your messages and mine will be deleted" and gives Frei an hour to get the money, and asks for one thousand dollars. A few minutes later she texts Frei saying "five thousand will work today"... and then asks for "30 so she can buy a new vehicle."

When members from the Sheriff's office went to arrest Frei, he told them that he had paid Keenan $10,000 cash of the $20,000 that she was making him pay.

The affidavit says that Keenan's criminal history is extensive, and involves fraud and a felony conviction.

Currently, Frei is charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child (a Class IIIA felony), and Keenan is charged with Theft by Extortion ( a Class III felony).

Both parties have a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 8th in Cheyenne County Court

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