Freedman pleads guilty to molestation charges

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Former Henry County commissioner Gary Freedman pled guilty to child molestation charges on the day his trail was set to begin.

After the pleas were entered June 7, Superior Court Judge Brian Amero handed down a 40-year sentence with eight years to serve in the state prison system, according to a statement released by the District Attorney’s Office. Freedman must also 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.”

A retired U.S. Army colonel and former police officer, Freedman was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1996 to represent District II. He won a second term in 2000 and his 2004 bid for chairman ended in the Republican primary.

The charges stem from incidents that took place in Henry County between 2006 and 2014. He was first arrested in 2015 after police in Indiana informed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation about allegations from victims, who ranged in age from 9 to 16 at the time the offenses occurred.

“Three of the victims, along with their father, addressed the court during the plea, telling the judge the impact that the defendant's crimes have had on their lives,” according to the DA’s statement.

Freedman was taken into custody after the plea.