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Wife of registered sex offender arrested

Posted August 12, 2010

— The wife of a registered sex offender has also been arrested on child abuse charges.

Sherri Denise Williams, 39, of 1913 Peach Creek Court in Raleigh, is charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse for knowingly bringing children into a residence where a sex offender lived, police said.

Williams' husband, James Rudolph Freeman, 50, also of 1913 Peach Creek Court, has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, according to arrest warrants. Police said the charge involves inappropriately touching a young girl.

Freeman is also charged with failure to report a change of address and being on the premises of a child care center, the warrants state.

Williams and Freeman were employed at the Quality Education Institute of Raleigh, police said. The sexual offense did not occur there. The two no longer work there.

Williams is accused of bringing three children, including the victim, from the center to babysit them at the home she shared with Freeman on July 25.

"She willingly brought three juveniles into the home knowing her husband was a registered sex offender and not allowed to be around children," Raleigh Police Lt. Karen Riggsbee said.

Sherri Denise Williams Wife of sex offender faces charges

Williams told WRAL News on Thursday that she and Freeman do not live together. For the last seven months, Williams said Freeman had been spending nights at a shelter.

"He wasn't here," William said.

On July 25, the night police said he touched the victim, Williams admitted that Freeman dropped by for a moment. She said the abuse never happened.

Williams’ daughter, Ashley, said her mom has always taken Freeman's side.

“She took up for him,” Ashley Williams said. “He has a history of actually doing this.”

Ashley Williams is the person who made the allegations against Freeman. She admitted she did not see the abuse, but said the kids said it happened.

She also said Freeman stayed at her mother’s house regularly.

“He was never at the shelter. He was always staying with my mother,” she said.

Sherri Williams said she and her daughter are not getting along and thinks the charges come from bad blood between them.

“There was nothing I would do to harm a child,” Sherri Williams said.

Sherri Williams was released on a $3,000 bond on Thursday.

Freeman was being held Thursday on a $1 million bond.


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  • godinme1980 Aug 13, 2010

    I have a correction in late comment- Ashley's allegations was so not false. Justice will be served for both, I hope for Mr.Freeman they put him under the jail and never let him come out ever again

  • godinme1980 Aug 13, 2010

    But not only did she have other people children at her home with sex offender husband, she have a 7-8 yr old granddaughter that lives with her. So he should not been at her house anyway and as for the daycare (QEI)they don't card either. What would it hurt for the daycare to run James Freeman name thru the DOC data base to see if he have any charges and if so what type. So, I blame the daycare too for allow all type of BS to come in and out of they Institute.

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    Just knowing the rules and regulations of a sex offender who happens to be her husband, Mrs. Sherry should have not allowed no child to have been present in her home. On the otherhand, she should not have allowed her husband to live in the home if children was going to be present. This knowing mistake is going to cost her dearly. She knew the rules and chose to have husband around. He don't care whatsoever. Too bad she did not see that. Now she face the consequences of her actions.

  • godinme1980 Aug 13, 2010

    Ashley's allegations was so false, when the words come out a childs mouth with out been coached by authorities, who will the police belive. Sherry, you and your husband have no ideal how this have effected this child's family, trust have been lost for ever. And the children was at her house for the whole weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday night.

  • godinme1980 Aug 13, 2010

    I'm sorry Mrs.Sherry but that is a lie about your husband not living with you. If a person have clothes in house over 30 days and slepp in your bed everynight, they live with you. Why keep something like that a secret when dealing with children

  • bonnnie Aug 13, 2010

    If she knew he was a sex affender then charge her accordly. Why are you going to expose kids to someone like that???????

  • Pocataz Aug 13, 2010

    I would not be so quick to jusdge this lady because it does not sound like this is the whole story here. As a mother I too am curious why these children confided in the daughter as she reported the abuse and not the parents of the child. Also the lady arrested lost custody of her grandchild...could it be the daughter's child????

  • Ambygirl Aug 13, 2010

    Fox, I kind of agree with you. It's really hard to say after reading these stories about him. I believe he is a sex offender, no doubt. But I wonder about the motives of the daughter too......I guess it will all come out one way or the other...

  • outback1967 Aug 13, 2010

    Its people like this that know what they are doing is wrong but the fact that doing whats right would be too hard and confusing. They have the intelligence level of a bucket of water.