Troy Man Sentenced for Sexual Misconduct with Children

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By Jessica Gertler

From the CBS 8 Troy Newsroom-- A Troy man who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with children has been sentenced. 

Tripp Freeman will spend the next 65 years in prison for charges including sodomy against juvenile boys.

He is ineligible for parole, because the crime involved children under the age of 12.

Freeman admitted to taking advantage of children he met while working at the Troy Parks and Recreation Department and at Bush Memorial Baptist Church.

Circuit Judge Shannon Clark says she gave a strict sentencing, because "Freeman needs to be held accountable for what he did, and she wants to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Four out of five victims' parents testified at his sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

"They're going to be able to go to their children today, and say Mr. Freeman is not going to be able to lay a hand on you or another individual for a very long time," says Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson. "These children still have these memories. At least they'll be able to put the legal aspect behind them, and compartmentalize this and move on with their lives."

Freeman will also have to take part in a Sex Offender Treatment program.



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