HONG KONG - An American man accused of raping his daughter and posting the videos on the Internet has agreed to be extradited from Hong Kong to the United States, his lawyer said Monday.If found guilty, I hope Freeman rots in jail for the rest of his life. As to his motives in returning home, I'm certain they have nothing to do with press coverage but his personal welfare. Chinese prisons are unlikely to be a hospitable place for anyone. Also the Chinese have been known to execute people for far lesser offenses than raping one's daughter. Freeman probably prefers a life behind bars in the United States.
Kenneth John Freeman, a former reserve sheriff's deputy on the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's most-wanted list, has been challenging the extradition request since he was arrested while traveling in Hong Kong in May.
"After due consideration, Freeman decided he will consent to surrender and be sent to the United States," Freeman's lawyer, Giles Surman, told a Hong Kong court on Monday.
But the attorney added: "Freeman maintains his innocence."
Freeman, 44, a computer adviser and bodybuilder, fled his home in Seattle last year after his 17-year-old daughter told her mother that he had assaulted her four years earlier.
The teenager also told her story on national television, which helped identify her as the victim in a series of child pornography videos on the Internet, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Freeman, once a volunteer reserve sheriff's deputy, was charged in Benton County Superior Court in Washington with three counts of child rape and jumping bail. He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted.
He also faces federal charges of producing and distributing child pornography.
Freeman decided to cut the process short partly because he was concerned the continued media coverage would influence a future jury, his lawyer said.
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