Man Admits Rape And Faces Victim In Court Before Sentencing

By: Zachary Meseck

NORWICH – A Morris man pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and was sentenced Monday after admitting he held the victim for several hours against her will, physically restraining her and force feeding her drugs.

Officials said Dustin C. Freeman, 30, of Morris also recorded parts of his crime on his cell phone for his own sexual gratification.

He was sentenced to 18 years in state prison Monday.

Freeman pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, a class B felony, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, class B felony, and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony.

According to his indictment, Freeman attacked the victim on December 5 at 26 Genesee Street. Prosecutors said he tied the victim up and held her at knife point. The indictment also stated Freeman recorded the rape on his phone for sexual gratification and on the same day he also sold cocaine.

The victim spoke at Freeman's sentencing, and said the incident changed her life forever.

“I’d rather you kill me than deal with one more minute of what you did,” said the victim in court. “You made me afraid to be alone – in seven hours you changed my life forever.”

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