Judge sends a Terre Haute man to prison for molesting a child

James Freeman will spend 35 years in prison

Posted: Apr. 10, 2019 1:32 PM
Updated: Apr. 11, 2019 6:17 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - A Terre Haute man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday morning in a child molesting case.

The Vigo County prosecutor's office says the victim in this case was only four-years-old at the time of the abuse.

Judge John Roach told the victim's family outside of prison, child molesting is the worst crime there is.

The sentence for James Freeman reflects that.

News 10 learned that freeman lived with the victim and family at the time of the incident.

Indiana State Police say Freeman detailed the incident in explicit detail to someone else on social media. One of the tips against Freeman came from someone in Seattle, Washington.

Police also confirmed freeman has a tattoo of the victim's name on his shoulder.

The details of this case got so disturbing other jail inmates in the courtroom became visibly upset.

The judge even had to admonish one to control himself towards the end of the hearing.

That's why the judge sent Freeman back to the jail by himself.

The defense asked for leniency due to Freeman's history of mental illness.

They got none from the judge, which drew some applause from those same jail inmates.

The judge also issued a no-contact order. This means freeman cannot contact the victim or family for the entire duration of his prison sentence.

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