PHOENIX — A two-time convicted child molester is accused of molesting a pre-teen girl.
Phoenix police report that on June 24, they arrested 55-year-old James Edward Freeman at his home near 24th Street and McDowell Road.
Police learned that Freeman, who is a family acquaintance, molested the girl last year.
Police say the action was witnessed by the victim’s older sister who was hiding in the room behind a couch.
Court records show that Freeman was first arrested for child molestation in 1984 when he molested three girls, ages 5, 6, and 8, that he was babysitting. He was sentenced to a year in prison and five years probation.
In 1997, Freeman was convicted for molesting an 8-year-old girl and sentenced to 13 years in prison, according to DOC records.
He is now being held on a $250,000 bond for child molestation.
If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker. You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.