9 women say Deltona firefighter forced himself on them

9 women say Deltona firefighter forced himself on them

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Terry Freeman, a Deltona firefighter who is at the center of multiple sexual assault investigations in Volusia County, appeared in court to face a judge on Wednesday.

Freeman, 33, was arrested Dec. 31 on three charges of sexual battery, including one with a deadly weapon.  On Tuesday of this week, he was rearrested in the Volusia County Branch Jail on charges of attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment of a 27-year-old Orange City woman. 

Late Wednesday afternoon, Volusia County Sheriff's investigators filed an additional criminal charge against Freeman related to a new victim who came forward.  Deputies say that in all the cases, women were smooth-talked into coming back to one of Freeman's homes, where the alleged attacks occurred.

At this time, investigators have identified a total of nine victims, with information indicating there may be at least one more.

The latest charge, investigators say, involves a sexual battery case related to an attack on a 42-year-old Ormond Beach woman.  After hearing news reports of the other charges against Freeman, the victim came forward to report that she had been assaulted by Freeman in 2012.

The victim told investigators that she met Freeman in late 2012 while she was eating at a restaurant in Daytona Beach where Freeman worked as a server.  During dinner, Freeman made a few flattering remarks towards the victim, and then when he brought her the bill, the victim discovered that Freeman had written his phone number on it.

After their initial encounter at the restaurant, the two sent text messages back and forth and then the victim agreed to go out with Freeman the next day.  On the night of their date, the victim said she picked up Freeman at his house in Deltona and the two went out to eat at a restaurant in Orange City.

Afterwards, they went back to Freeman's house. While there, Freeman went into the bedroom and then called out to the victim, saying he wanted to show her something.  When she walked into the bedroom, the victim said Freeman shut the door, picked her up and violently slammed her down on the bed and then pinned her under his body while sexually assaulting her.

Afterwards, the victim said she was freaked out, but managed to gather herself and leave the house.

Investigator John Brady calls Freeman a serial date rapist, describing him as, "a young, good-looking firefighter who they thought they were going on a first date with, and they were attacked."

Freeman remains in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.  Sheriff's investigators believe there still could be additional victims.

Other victims or anyone with additional information regarding Freeman are urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 386-860-7030.

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