The case of sex offender Matthew Freeman


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Matthew Freeman was 17 when he had consensual sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend. He was required to register as a sex offender and later charged by police with living within 1,000 feet of a school. After the story I wrote about Freeman gained national attention, a private lawyer took the case. Charges against Freeman were dismissed and his original 2003 conviction, which was improperly entered by the court, was corrected.

Here’s the original story:

Lawyer David Goldstein took the case at little charge to Freeman:

Freeman’s lawyer pointed out an error in the original conviction:

Prosecutors dismissed the case:

Links to other coverage and discussion about this case:




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