Robert Lee Freeman of Pennington Gap Sentenced

Locally in the news, a Lee County man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after authorities say he admitted to drinking moonshine and climbing into bed with a sixteen year old girl.
Robert Lee Freeman of Pennington Gap, pled guilty in October of 2019 to sexually assaulting the girl without any plea agreement on the charge.
Freeman, who was a neighbor to the girl and her parents, fondled the victim while she was asleep at his home, according to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Investigators say the victim woke up during the assault and fled to a bathroom where she contacted her father who then called police.
Authorities say that during the investigation, Freeman admitted to consuming two glasses of moonshine before climbing into the bed with the victim and fondling her.
“This case is exceptionally horrific because the victim’s family, former friends of the defendant, placed their trust in the defendant to supervise their child during the time of the assault,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney H Fuller Cridlin in a recent press release. “My office aggressively pursues all cases involving sexual assault. From the outset in this case, we pursued the most severe charge available to us and the maximum sentence allowed by law.”
Cridlin said Freeman didn’t have a criminal history at the time of the assault. He expects Freeman will spend the rest of his life in prison due to his age and health.
Cridlin went on to add that he appreciated the quick response of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in this case, upon receiving the call. The investigation that followed included the Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County Department of Social Services, and the Virginia State Police, all of whom worked closely with his office throughout all stages of the investigation and prosecution.


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