This article is being posted for public awareness. It is directed at those who say, “well, if she was being sexually abused, then why didn’t she tell anyone?” or “Ten years? Oh come on; surely the parents would have known and stopped it.”
“COLUMBUS, Ohio —
A Washington Court House man was sentenced to two life sentences for sexually abusing three children.
Gary Freeland was convicted on a total of nine charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, and felonious sexual penetration.
Visiting Judge William Corzine sentenced Freeland to two consecutive life sentences plus two years Friday afternoon.
A Ross County jury found him guilty last month of sexually abusing three children in the mid-1990s.
“I believe today’s sentence suits the crime,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine. “This man got away with the abuse for more than a decade, so it is appropriate that he’ll now serve several more decades in prison.”
Two of the victims knew Freeland through their families. Freeland was a tutor to the third victim when the crimes occurred.
Freeland will serve 22 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. If released, he would have to register his address once every 90 days as a sex offender.”
He was sexually abusing children for more than ten years without getting caught. This means the victim’s families were oblivious to the crimes, the children were not being paid attention to, or the victims were not protected if they tried to tell anyone.
Why in the world will this perpetrator be eligible for parole in 22 years, with two life-sentences? What a strange judicial system we have.