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Apex rape suspect removed from Boy Scouts

Posted May 7, 2015

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— An 18-year-old Apex man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl was an Eagle Scout who has since been removed from the Boy Scouts of America, the organization said Thursday.

David Cheyenne Freedman, of 5201 Creek Glen Way, is charged with first-degree rape of a child. He remained in the Wake County jail Thursday under a $1 million bond.

Freedman and the girl were in a consensual relationship, Apex police said, but in North Carolina it is illegal for a minor and an adult to have sex.

"It’s not appropriate for a 12-year-old to have a relationship with an older male at all, even if it is consensual, which is why it’s a crime in this state," Apex police Captain Ann Stephens said.

“While these allegations appear to be unrelated to scouting, this behavior runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands,” said John Akerman, executive of the boy scouts’ regional office, in a statement. “Upon learning of these allegations, we took immediate action to remove this individual and preclude him from future participation in our programs.”

Freedman also faces charges from Fuquay-Varina police in connection with the sexual battery of a 15-year-old girl at Southern Wake Academy on Dec. 19. Freedman and the alleged victim were both students at the charter school, Fuquay-Varina police said. Freedman, who was a junior, allegedly touched the victim in a sexual manner, according to court documents. He withdrew from the school after he was arrested in March. In addition, he has a pending simple assault charge for punching a man in the face and placing him in a headlock on April 30.

School officials knew about the incident when it was reported to police in January, but Freedman was not suspended because the charge was a misdemeanor, which did not violate school policy, school director David Thomas said.

Freeman attended the charter school for two years and had no record of any problems, Thomas said.

Both victims attended the Fuquay-Varina school with Freeman, officials said.

"He has never had any issue of suspensions, behavior problems," he said. "He’s always been very polite, respectful to all our staff and students here."

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  • David Smith May 7, 2015
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    The question that seems so obvious, yet I don't see it anywhere, is, "where were the parents"? Your 12 year old girl has an 18 year old boyfriend? What parent would allow that? How would a 12 year old girl have so much freedom that this could go on without the parents knowing?

    Freedman was in the 11th grade, he must have had at least one parent. If your 11th grader was "dating" a 12 year old girl, what would you say to him? I have a son about that age. I'd take away the car and call the girl's parents to warn them.

  • David Smith May 7, 2015
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    They have to say "suspected" until he's convicted, but the fact that he had a sexual relationship with a 12 year old girl is not in dispute.

  • Drut Nosugref May 7, 2015
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    Ehhh. Not quite. He may have been a Boy Scout but the alleged assaults didn't take place on a scout trip or even involve another boy scout. In fact, nothing about this story involves the Boy Scouts except for the fact that the suspect was one at one point.

    However, those disgusting male troop leaders (some of whom were homosexual) who have prayed on young members of the troops they lead? Yes, they are in fact the ones doing the damage.

  • Sammy Macloud May 7, 2015
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    No, being kicked out of the BS will not ruin his life, but having his face plastered all over due to a 'suspected' issue.....I stand by my post. Need to wait until verdict is in before the plastering begins

  • Louis St.Lewis May 7, 2015
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    I think my post is quite relevant, considering all the drama brought up about how gays would "ruin" the Boy Scouts. It;s not gay folks doing the damage. See for yourself.

  • Drut Nosugref May 7, 2015
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    Besides you trying to stir the pot...what does that have to do with anything? Your comment would have been relevant had they NOT kicked him out. Troll on.

  • Roy Hinkley May 7, 2015
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    I don't think that being kicked out of the Boy Scouts is equal to his life being ruined.

    Also, he is innocent until proven guilty but the Boy Scouts are a membership organization and as such can decide they no longer want him as a member, but that is separate and distinct from any criminal proceedings.

  • Sammy Macloud May 7, 2015
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    "SUSPECTED" any yet his life is now ruined. I thought one was innocent until proven guilty.....

  • Louis St.Lewis May 7, 2015
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    And yet the boy scouts have a problem with gay folks. !!!!!!!!!!!