Former Deltona firefighter accused in rapes gets 7.5 years in prison in plea deal
Updated On: Jul 10 2014 05:41:19 PM EDT
A former Deltona firefighter accused of being a serial rapist accepted a plea deal on Thursday morning sentencing him to 7 and a half years in prison.
Terry Freeman, 33, was charged with a half a dozen counts of sexual battery, including one with a deadly weapon, and he could have faced up to life in prison.
Under the plea deal, Freeman pleaded guilty in three rape cases of second-degree felony sexual battery and felony battery.
Freeman will also get 10 years of sex offender probation with no early termination. He is also not allowed to have any contact with the victims and if he violates his probation, Freeman could face up to 25 years behind bars, the judge said.
Deputies say since January, as many as 12 women have come forward, accusing Freeman of rape.
Four victims requested that their Victim Impact Statements be read to the court on Thursday.
"Where's the smug smirk you gave me after you raped me, the look that said, 'I've won?'," said one of the victims in her statement. "You and your actions disgust me. You're nothing but a coward and a monster who's terrorized women for years."
"Remember one thing, you chose to rape me," said another victim in her statement. "I chose to be the one to never let you do this to another woman."
The victims knew and agreed to the terms of the plea deal.
Officials said the accusations date back to 2002, but many of the victims were reluctant to come forward until an Altamonte Springs woman told police she had been sexually assaulted after a date with Freeman in December of 2013.
Investigators say Freeman is a serial rapist who had a pattern of meeting women at bars, their workplace or school and then build a relationship through multiple text or phone conversations before forcing them into sex.
Deputies also believe he used his position as a Deltona firefighter to gain his victims' trust.
Freeman's attorney Mark O'Mara said it wouldn't have been right for his client to say anything in court today.
"Everything I've seen of Mr. Freeman, he has accepted responsibility for what he's done," O'Mara said. "I think he's learned an enormous amount from what he's gone through from this, and we will never see him back in the criminal justice system."