By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A convicted felon has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, after pleading no contest to making lewd proposals to a 14-year-girl and offering her drugs.
McLoud’s Brian Keith Freeman, 49, was sentenced at a Feb. 23rd hearing in Canadian County District Court on felony charges of lewd/indecent proposals to a child under 16 and attempting to encourage a minor to commit a drug crime.
Freeman, who has multiple previous felony convictions, was charged March 24, 2020 for committing the crimes after a Canadian County Sheriff’s Office undercover investigation.
Freeman, represented by attorney Craig Corgan, waived his right to a trial during the Feb. 23rd hearing before Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse.
Judge Hesse accepted the defendant’s no contest pleas and found him guilty on both counts.
Freeman was sentenced to serve 20 years in Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ custody, all suspended except for the first 10 years with credit for time served. Sentences on both counts will run concurrently.
State DOC records show Freeman had felony convictions between 1991 and 2010 in Oklahoma and Cleveland counties for:
Stealing oilfield equipment, entering with intent to steal copper, distribution of controlled dangerous substance, possession of methamphetamine, second-degree burglary, and conspiracy.
Freeman, who served about nine years combined in state prison for his earlier crimes, is now headed back there.
DIRTY ONLINE CHATS, TEXTS
Freeman was charged last spring after communicating through Facebook and text message with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl from the Oklahoma City area of Canadian County, according to a probable cause affidavit.
In fact, he was chatting with an undercover Canadian County sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy contacted by Freeman in July 2019 through Facebook Messenger, posing as a 14-year-old girl. Freeman was 48 at the time and reportedly told her to “say she was 19 if anyone asked”.
Freeman provided his mobile phone number and the conversation moved from Facebook to texting.
“(T)he facts are you are younger than I am … that’s why I’m not allowed to engage first because I would go to jail for 30 years plus … that’s why I don’t want to talk on Facebook Messenger … I would rather talk to you on the phone and in person,” Freeman wrote in one text message.
In a Facebook message sent in December 2019, he allegedly asked the deputy (who he thought was underage girl) for her address so he could “come over the smoke” clear. Clear is a street name for methamphetamine.
Freeman later messaged that he wanted to see the girl naked, according to the affidavit.
The sheriff’s deputy had a recorded phone conversation with Freeman on her undercover cellular device and a recorded video chat with him through Facebook Messenger.
The conversation later became more sexual when Freeman texted “When can I see you without clothes” and asked her to come sit on his lap and wrap her legs around him, the investigator’s affidavit shows.