DELTONA, Fla. — (WFTV.com
) One day after Volusia County Sheriff's investigators filed additional criminal charges against a Deltona firefighter accused of sexually assaulting eight women, the man appeared in court to face a judge.
The 27-year-old Orange City woman came forward on Monday and said she met Freeman at a college class the two were attending.
She said that on a day in November she agreed to meet Freeman at his house to study with him, but made it clear that they were only going to study and that there would be no "funny business."
When she got there and put her books down, the woman said Freeman called her to the bedroom, saying he wanted to show her something. When she went to the bedroom, the woman said Freeman grabbed her by the hair, pushed her onto the bed and tried to pull her pants down.
The alleged victim said Freeman also exposed himself during the struggle and tried to get her to perform a sex act on him.
The woman said she managed to break free at one point, but that Freeman grabbed her and threw her back down on the bed. She said she eventually was able to fight back and kick or knee Freeman in the groin to break free from his grasp and get out of the bedroom.
As she collected her books, the victim said Freeman looked like he was angry, but ultimately let her leave the house.
Based on the victim's account, sheriff's investigators filed charges on Tuesday of attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment.
Channel 9's Karla Ray was in court on Wednesday, where she learned Freeman tried to blame the woman for his actions.
Freeman allegedly told the victim, "You're such a tease. You knew why we came here."
Investigator John Brady described Freeman as "a young good looking firefighter who they thought were going on a first date with and they were attacked."
Channel 9 first reported on Freeman when he was arrested Dec. 31 and accused of raping an Altamonte Springs woman.
Last week, additional sexual assault charges were filed after alleged victims saw the Freeman story on Channel 9 and said they, too, were assaulted by him.
According to investigators, the women's accounts are very similar.
"I think he'd do it again, any chance he's given," said Brady. "I think he'd do it again."
In one of the reports, an alleged victim even said she felt guilty for going to Freeman's house.
A victim's advocate told Channel 9 guilt often prevents rape cases from going to court.
According to investigators, Freeman has denied assaulting the women, but they said in at least one of the cases he has changed his story.