Accused Daughter Molester Nabbed in China

By Justin Rood

May 2, 2007 10:10am

A Washington state man accused of videotaping himself molesting his own young daughter and posting the recording on the Internet has been apprehended in China. Kenneth John Freeman, 44, was arrested in Hong Kong Tuesday by Chinese authorities, acting on a formal request by the U.S. State Department, according to a press release issued this morning by the U.S. Marshals Service.  The apprehension concludes a two-year worldwide manhunt for Freeman, who was considered one of the top 15 most wanted fugitives by the U.S. Marshals, which coordinates efforts to capture unregistered sex offenders and individuals charged with child abuse. The case against Freeman was the focus of an "America’s Most Wanted" episode last December. On the show, his daughter, now a teenager, described what her father had done in making the video, which has been among the most popular downloads for pedophiles in recent years, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. A joint investigative team of local and federal law enforcement discovered in April that Freeman, who they believed was living in China but working for a U.S. company, was planning to travel to Hong Kong. The State Department relayed the information to Chinese authorities, who agreed to help. Freeman fought with his apprehenders, injuring four before succumbing, according to the release.
He now faces extradition to the United States under a standing U.S.-Hong Kong extradition treaty. Once here, he will face federal prosecution.

You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus