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By Pat Andrews
posted Jan 16, 2014 - 12:20:52pm
Now, nine women so far have come forward to identify Deltona firefighter Terry Freeman, 32, as the man who raped them, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
Late yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, Jan. 15, Sheriff’s Office investigators charged Deltona firefighter Terry Freeman with yet another sexual battery in the unfolding story.
In the latest case, a 42-year-old Ormond Beach woman said Freeman assaulted her in 2012, after she met Freeman while she was eating at a restaurant in Daytona Beach where Freeman was working as a server. He made some flattering remarks to her, and gave her his phone number with the bill, the Sheriff’s Office report states.
After sending text messages back and forth with Freeman, the victim agreed to go out with him. The two went to a restaurant in Orange City, then to Freeman’s house, she said.
There, Freeman went into the bedroom, and called out to the woman, saying he wanted to show her something, the woman said.
When she went to the bedroom, Freeman shut the door, “picked her up and violently slammed her down on the bed and then pinned her under his body while sexually assaulting her,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Freeman was assigned to Deltona Fire Department Station 61 on Providence Boulevard. City of Deltona spokesman Lee Lopez said Freeman had been hired in January 2012. Freeman is now on administrative leave.
The case against Freeman began to develop at the end of December, when a 25-year-old Altamonte Springs woman accused him of date rape. According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the woman said she met Freeman at her workplace in Altamonte Springs and agreed to go out with him Dec. 27.
The two met for drinks, then went to Freeman's Orange City home, she told the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. There, she said, Freeman became "increasingly aggressive," at one point grabbing her by the throat as he overpowered her and raped her, despite her resistance, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Freeman asked the woman if he would be able to see her again, she told investigators.
The woman went home to Altamonte Springs and reported the incident to police there, who notified the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
Freeman was arrested Dec. 31.
Since that first charge was made public, eight other women have come forward to tell the Sheriff’s Office Freeman had done the same thing to them — inviting them to his home, then overpowering them and forcing himself on them. Also, investigation into an allegation against Freeman from 2011 has been reopened by the Orange City Police Department.
In one of the recent cases reported, a 27-year-old Orange City woman came forward Jan 13. She told investigators she met Freeman at a college class the two attended. One day in November, the Orange City woman agreed to meet Freeman at his house to study. She made it clear, the woman told investigators, there would be no "funny business."
Freeman called her to the bedroom on a pretext of looking at something, she reported. She told the Sheriff’s Office Freeman grabbed her by the hair, pushed her onto the bed and tried to pull her pants down, exposing himself in the process. The woman told investigators she was able to break free from Freeman and get out of the bedroom, and though Freeman looked angry, he allowed her to leave the house, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
Investigators filed charges of attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment against Freeman in this case, as well.
Another woman related a very similar scenario to investigators. According to her report to investigators, this woman quit fighting Freeman out of fear she would be beaten or killed, as she had heard happens in some rape cases.
There could be more victims, investigators said, and anyone with additional information about Freeman is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-860-7030.
Freeman remained in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail Jan. 16, under four counts of sexual battery using force, one count of sexual battery with force or a deadly weapon, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of attempted sexual battery.
The Sheriff's Office expects more charges to be filed, and expects other women might come forward, spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Freeman remains at the Volusia County Branch Jail with total bond set at $350,000, as of Jan. 15.
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