Bond set for firefighter accused of "serial rape"

By Michelle Dendy, ClickOrlando.com Web Editor, mdendy@clickorlando.com
Evan Lambert, Reporter, elambert@clickorlando.com
Published On: Jan 15 2014 06:32:11 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 07:43:35 PM EST

Volusia County deputies have filed an additional sexual battery charge against the Deltona firefighter accused of rape.

DELTONA, Fla. -

Bond is up to $550,000 for the Volusia County firefighter investigators are calling a "serial date rapist."

Volusia County deputies filed an additional sexual battery charge on Wednesday afternoon against the Deltona firefighter repeatedly accused of rape. Thursday a judge set his bond for that charge at $200,000.

Terry Freeman, 32, of Deltona, was arrested Dec. 31 after a woman claimed she was raped by him after they met at a Sanford furniture store, sparking a string of victims alleging Freeman attacked them as well to come forward.

As of Wednesday, authorities have identified a total of nine victims, with at least one more possible victim. Freeman has been charged with five sexual battery charges, one false imprisonment charge and one attempted sexual battery charge.

The latest charge involved a 42-year-old Ormond Beach woman from a 2012 attack. The woman told investigators that she met Freeman in 2012 while she was eating at a restaurant in Daytona Beach where Freeman was working as a server.

According to personnel records from the Deltona Fire Department, Freeman was a server at Outback Steakhouse in Daytona before he was hired by the department on Jan. 6, 2012.

Deputies said Freeman left the woman his number and they agreed to go out on a date the next day. After they went out to eat the woman went back to Freeman's house, where he called out to her from the bedroom saying he wanted to show her something.

When the victim walked into the room, Freeman shut the door, picked her up, and violently slammed her down on the bed and pinned her under his body while sexually assaulting her, according to deputies. The victim says Freeman choked her and raped her, all while his sister and an 8 year old were in the home. The victim then left the home.

Local 6 Legal Analyst Eric DuBois says this will be a tough case for the State to prove because of the amount of time it took the victims to come forward and the complications that means for evidence. He also says it'll be difficult because each case will likely be tried separately, so the State won't be able to paint a picture of a habitual rapist to the jury.

Freeman remains jailed at Volusia County Jail. Investigators said they 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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