A 2018 guilty plea filed in a Rutherford County Courtroom went before the Criminal Court of Appeals court in Nashville. Kyle Richard Freemon, who plead guilty to sexual battery by an authority figure, is asking for post-conviction relief.
Freemon says that his guilty plea was not voluntary and he entered it because he received ineffective assistance of counsel.
The man was originally indicted for a single charge of rape and a second charge of statutory rape. He faced the courts in April of 2018 and was appointed a public defender.
At a hearing, the State informed the court that had the case moved forward to trial, the state would have proven that on January 1, 2018 the Department of Children[s] Services received a referral from a therapist that Freemon had engaged in sexual contact with a juvenile victim. Court records show the minor victim was related to Freemon and that Freemon was in a position of trust over her.
After a guilty plea was filed, Freemon was sentenced to six years in prison and that he had to register as a sex offender on the Tennessee Registry. 24-Year old Freemon is classified on the registry as “violent.” He is currently behind bars at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility.
The Appeals Court denied the case from moving forward in Freemon’s request for post conviction relief.
Court Case No. M2019-02220-CCA-R3-PC