Freeman Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison

SPOKANE – Convicted child molester Kenneth Freeman, once the subject of an intense international manhunt, was sentenced in federal court to 50 years in prison Wednesday morning.

In court Wednesday morning Freeman said he was remorseful and claimed that he was abused as a child himself and he had vowed not to continue the cycle of abuse but did anyway.

Freeman conceded he stole his daughter’s innocence and said that his guilty plea was made in part to spare his daughter the pain of going to trial and having to see the video he shot while molesting her.

“I am very sorry for what I did to my daughter. I’m very sorry for what I did to her family,” Freeman said.

US Attorney Stephanie Lister, prior to his sentencing, painted a very different picture of the former law enforcement officer from the Tri-Cities area, calling him narcissistic and adding that the reason Freeman didn’t want to go to trial is he doesn’t want the world to know what he’s done.

“He didn’t want the true facts in this case to come forward,” Lister said, adding that the most damning evidence against Freeman was the evidence he created, videotaping the abuse he perpetrated against his daughter.

Freeman was the subject of a high-profile international manhunt after he was accused of molesting his 10-year-old daughter and then fled to China. His case was subsequently featured on America’s Most Wanted. He was apprehended in Hong Kong and extradited back to the United States in 2007.