Freeman remains in Pike County Jail

Published 10:52 pm Monday, May 17, 2010

Police on Monday continued to conduct interviews in the investigation into a 20-year-old Troy man charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile.

Troy Police spokesman Sgt. Benny Scarbrough said no additional charges had been filed against Trip Dennis Freeman as of late Monday, nor would he say how many people have been questioned in connection with the case. “The case is still under investigation,” he said.

Freeman was charged Thursday with first-degree sodomy in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 4, 2007, at Bush Memorial Baptist Church. According to sources, the incident involved a juvenile under the age of 12 at the time.

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Freeman was arrested late Thursday and as of Monday evening remained in the Pike County Jail, with a $50,000 bond.

Freeman, who had worked prior to this year as a part-time scorekeeper for the Troy Recreation Department, also has been charged with misdemeanor harassment stemming from a May 7 incident in which he allegedly made suggestive comments to a 13-year-old boy.

That incident occurred at the Relay for Life event at the Troy Sportsplex, and after the charge was filed city officials banned Freeman from all city recreational facilities.

The parents of the 13-year-old involved in that incident began making phone calls to friends and their son’s peers after they filed harassment charges, encouraging them to talk to their children.

According to the father of the boy, “Parents have come out of the woodwork.”

And, that process led to the discovery of the alleged sodomy incident in 2007.

If convicted on the sodomy charge, Freeman could face 10 years to life in prison, according to the Alabama State Code.

The father of the alleged harassment victim said he felt his son was as prepared as he could have been for this type of occurrence.

“We have prepared them enough and talked enough,” he said.

“I encourage parents to talk to their kids about those things regularly.”