Coppell police Detective Scott
Peters said there is no "official record" of any
allegations from the 1980s at the Police Department. But, he
said, his investigation into the current case led to his finding the
six alleged victims from the 1980s. He also said Mr. Brown, the
pastor, confirmed to him that there was "an incident" back
"I am very comfortable with the six. I would believe there is
even more than that," the detective said.
Mr. Freeman's attorney, E.X. Martin, said he cannot comment on
the allegations from the 1980s. But, he said, he believes the
disposition of the current case was fair to both sides.
"It's a tragedy for everyone involved," Mr. Martin said. "I have
no doubt that he can be rehabilitated."
The latest incident occurred on April 3. The girl, who is now 5,
told her parents about Mr. Freeman's abuse. The girl's mother said
the incident has been devastating for her daughter and the entire
family, especially because they trusted Mr. Freeman.
"It's not people who you think are bad that do this," she said.
"It is people who you trust the most."
The 35-year-old woman said she hopes what happened to her family
will encourage people to be responsible and report allegations of
abuse to the police when they occur.
"The church officials covered it up, and that
never should have happened," she said. "I don't know any Bible that
would tell you to cover that up. That's downright sick. Someone who
could do that to that many kids is not going to stop."
Ms. Porter, the prosecutor, said she does not know if
prosecution of the earlier allegations would have prevented the
incident with the 4-year-old girl. But, she said, it could have
served as a wake-up call to Mr. Freeman.
Molesting a child is a crime, she said, and
should not be handled by church officials or neighbors.
"I think he felt like he got away with it the first time
and that he could do it again," Ms. Porter said. "There should have
been more intervention."
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