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Rapist gets 50-year sentence

A federal judge in Spokane imposed a 50-year prison sentence Wednesday on a former Benton County reserve sheriff’s deputy who raped his daughter and posted videos of the abuse online before fleeing the country.

U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko told Kenneth John Freeman that only he is to blame for the “heinous offense.”

Freeman, 46, pleaded guilty in December to federal charges of production of child pornography and interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of unlawful sexual activity. He agreed then to serve 50 years in prison.

Freeman briefly choked back tears Wednesday as he apologized to his daughter and her family.

“The sin that I did and the pain that I caused my daughter can never be undone. I promised myself as an abused child never to be like the person who abused me,” he said.

The abuse began in 2000, when the girl was 10. Now a 19-year-old college student, she did not disclose the abuse until November 2005.

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