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Texas paramedic had videos showing children being ‘violently raped,’ feds say

Federal program targets online child predators

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.
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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.

A paramedic working in the Texas Panhandle has been charged in federal court with possessing child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Joshua Eugene Freeman was arrested Friday. His case will be heard in Amarillo.

Freeman is accused of using the Dropbox application to send and receive at least 76 video files of child pornography. Some of the files, according to the complaint, show “images and videos containing children being forcibly and violently raped by adults, children involved in sex acts with animals, infant-age children engaged in sex acts and children that are tied up during sex acts.”

The account also had photos of associates of Freeman and their children, according to the complaint. The document didn’t say what those photos showed.

Freeman worked as a paramedic at a hospital in Canadian, which is just west of the Oklahoma border. He resigned the day law enforcement began investigating him, according to David Troublefield, Director of Human Resources for Hemphill County Hospital.

Troublefield said officials there immediately did an internal investigation to try and determine if anything inappropriate was done at the hospital, or if hospital resources were used. He said nothing was found.

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Nichole Manna reports on crime, breaking news and other mayhem across North Texas. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.


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