CITY COUNCILMAN IN KANSAS TOWN CHARGED WITH CHILD SEX CRIMES
May 22, 2020
Joshua Rhett Miller
A first-year city councilman in a Kansas town is facing accusations of child sex crimes, officials said.
Burrton City Councilman Justin R. Freeman, 39, was arrested Monday by the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a county spokesman said in a news release.
Freeman was later charged with six counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, county spokesperson Kyle McCaskey said.
Authorities are treating the allegations facing Freeman with “utmost seriousness,” Burrton Mayor Rodney Redinger said in a statement.
“We will work with the Sheriff’s Office in any way we can to aid their investigation,” Redinger said. “Right now, our priority is to offer support, and our thoughts, and our prayers, for those involved.”
Freeman was taken into custody at the Harvey County Detention Center, where his bond was set at $750,000, McCaskey said.
Additional details regarding the allegations against Freeman were not provided. A message seeking comment from the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office early Monday was not immediately returned.
McCaskey said Freeman is in his first year serving as a city councilman in Burrton, a town of roughly 900 people in central Kansas.
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