Man arrested in notorious rape case

Published May 3, 2007

WASHINGTON - A man accused of raping his own daughter and posting video of the attack on the Internet several years ago was being held in Hong Kong on Wednesday in what authorities called the arrest of one of the world's most notorious child molesters.

Kenneth John Freeman, a 44-year-old former sheriff's deputy from Washington state, was apprehended by Chinese police Tuesday night using arrest information from U.S. authorities. It's not clear what Freeman was doing in Hong Kong, but "obviously, he was trying to escape, " said U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Nikki Credic.

The Web video of the attack became one of the most widely downloaded child pornography videos in recent years, officials said. Freeman's daughter is now a teenager who advocates against child sexual abuse and has appeared on TV to tell her story.

The Web video was featured on the TV show America's Most Wanted, which in turn triggered calls to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that helped identify the girl.

Authorities said it was not clear when Freeman would be returned to the United States.