Police Arrest Man for Unlawful Sexual Contact from the 1980s and 90s- Believe There May be More Victims

New Castle County Police have arrested Walter “Tracy” Ferinden, 55, in connection with a sexual abuse investigation from the 1980s and 90s.

In June, 2016, County Police Family Services Unit detectives began an investigation into reports of sexual abuse involving Walter “Tracy” Ferinden.  County Police conducted joint investigations with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey- as victims reported the sexual abuse occurred in Delaware and New Jersey.  Both of the reported sexual abuse cases in Delaware occurred during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Walter “Tracy” Ferinden was coaching ice hockey.  Both of the Delaware victims are male and were under the age of eighteen at the time of the crime.

On Monday (Mar 20) Walter “Tracy” Ferinden turned himself in to police.  He was charged with nine counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact.  He was arraigned and released after posting $25,000 secured bail.

Based on the investigation, detectives believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation to contact Det. Escheman at (302) 395-2745 or via email at JCEscheman@nccde.org.

Walter Ferinden

Walter “Tracy” Ferinden

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