U.S. Man Arrested In Hong Kong In Connection With Child Abuse Case

Wednesday, May 2nd 2007, 10:33 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A man accused of raping his own daughter and posting video of the attack on the Internet was being held in Hong Kong Wednesday in what authorities called the arrest of one of the world's most notorious child molesters.

Kenneth John Freeman, a 44-year-old former sheriff's deputy from Washington state, was apprehended by Chinese police Tuesday using arrest information from U.S. authorities. It's not clear what Freeman was doing in Hong Kong, but ``obviously, he was trying to escape,'' said U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Nikki Credic.

The Web video of the attack became one of the most widely downloaded child pornography videos in recent years, officials said. Freeman's daughter is now a teenager who advocates against child sexual abuse, and has appeared on TV to tell her story.

Freeman was one of the most wanted fugitives for both the Marshals and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.