An Otsego County man who pleaded guilty to raping a victim at knifepoint was sentenced Monday in Chenango County Court.
Dustin C. Freeman, 30, of Morris, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to Michael Ferrarese, acting Chenango County district attorney, after pleading guilty in June to first-degree rape by forcible compulsion and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Prosecutors said Freeman raped a New Berlin woman in her home in December and sold cocaine later that same day.
Ferrarese said Freeman and the victim knew each other and had worked together previously, but “wouldn’t say they were close friends.”
The victim appeared in court Monday and testified for “a good five minutes,” Ferrarese said.
“I’m grateful the victim was so courageous and strong so we could bring justice to her and our community,” he said.
Reading from the victim’s accusatory statement, Ferrarese said she “spent seven-plus hours at knife-point” as Freeman forced her to do cocaine.
“You videotaped me, making me change my clothes and making me have sex with you, threatening to hurt me if I made any noise,” the statement continued.
Freeman was convicted as a predicate felon and was on parole prior to the incident, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer. He was arrested in Rome and fled from law enforcement but later detained.
“The defendant is a danger to society,” Ferrarese said. “The appropriate place for him is the department of corrections, and I hope they keep him for all 18 years.”
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