International Child Rapist and Porno Producer Raped Own Daughter


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

A federal judge has sentenced a former fugitive on a U.S. “most wanted” list — captured following an intense global manhunt — to 50 years in prison on child pornography charges.

On Monday, March 30, Kenneth John Freeman, 46, a onetime competitive body builder of Richland, Washington, was sentenced in Spokane on charges stemming from an extensive investigation by Immigration & Custom Enforcement agents and law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

Freeman pleaded guilty in December 2008 to two federal charges of producing child pornography and one charge of interstate transportation of a minor for sexual purposes. At that time, Freeman also pleaded guilty to three state charges of rape of a child in the first degree. including a rape of his own child.

On Monday, Freeman was also sentenced in state court to a 20-year prison term that will run concurrently with the 50-year federal sentence.

Freeman was extradited to the United States from Hong Kong in October 2007 to face charges that he sexually abused his preteen daughter. He videotaped the abuse, which occurred in Washington and Oregon, and distributed the pictures internationally over the Internet.

The child rapist fled the country in March 2006. Nine months later, he was profiled on the television program “America’s Most Wanted.” The show featured an interview with his daughter and a plea for him to surrender to law enforcement authorities.

A detective with the Toronto Police Service saw the show and for the first time linked Freeman to the child pornography images and videos that were reportedly among the most frequently downloaded in the world. Freeman was immediately placed on ICE’s and the U.S. Marshals’ “most wanted” lists and became the subject of a worldwide manhunt.

A team of investigators from various law enforcement agencies, including the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, tracked Freeman to China. On May 1, 2007, the pursuit ended when officers with the Hong Kong Police Force arrested him as he arrived at the city’s bus depot to begin a holiday trip. Five months later, Freeman agreed to be to extradited back to the United States to face the charges.

“[Monday's] sentencing is the result of investigative tenacity and tireless dedication on behalf of every law enforcement agency involved in this case,” said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in the Pacific Northwest.

“This case further strengthens ICE’s resolve to investigate pedophiles who seek to destroy the innocence of children through sexual exploitation,” said SAC Winchell.

ICE’s participation in this investigation is part of Operation Predator, an ongoing ICE initiative targeting those who sexually exploit children. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals nationwide.

“Today’s sentence of 50 years imprisonment is an important vindication for victims who have the courage not only to survive the ordeal of sexual abuse, but to come forward to see that justice is served,” said United States Attorney Jim McDevitt.

“We are grateful to ICE and the Hong Kong authorities (the Hong Kong Immigration Department, Police Force and Department of Justice) for their commitment and unwavering efforts in the investigation and prosecution of this case, and to the U.S. Marshals Service for its assistance during the fugitive apprehension of defendant Freeman,” said McDevitt.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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