Freedman pleads guilty to child molestation

MCDONOUGH, GA (June 7, 2017) – A former Henry County Commissioner entered guilty pleas today to charges of child molestation.

Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero sentenced Gary Freedman to 40 years with eight years to serve in the state prison system. He also must register for life as a sex offender and have no contact with any of the victims.

Freedman, 73, pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation and one count of sexual battery.

"All of the victims are pleased that the defendant is accepting responsibility for his actions," Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo said. "We discussed the case thoroughly with all of the victims prior to the plea and they are in agreement with the terms of the plea. This brings closure to these families and allows them to continue to heal."

Freedman, a former police officer, was charged with offenses of child molestation in Henry County between 2006 and 2014. He was arrested in 2015 after police in Indiana informed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of an outcry of abuse by Freedman's victims. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 16 years old at the time of the molestation.

Three of the victims, along with their father, addressed the court today during the plea, telling the judge the impact that the defendant's crimes have had on their lives.

Freedman was taken into custody after the plea.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jodi Spiegel and Chaundra Lewis.

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Media contact:

Megan L. Matteucci
Assistant District Attorney and Public Information Officer

mmatteucci@co.henry.ga.us