A Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Hong Kong
KENNEWICK, Wash.- A two-year, worldwide manhunt for a former Benton County Reserve Deputy is over.
Accused child-molester Kenneth John Freeman was one of the U.S. Marshals 15-Most-Wanted.
Authorities say they'd been tracking freeman through China for more than a year.
Around 6:00 Pacific time Tuesday night, officers closed in on him at the Hong Kong airport and ended a two-year manhunt.
"We got a phone call at 6:30, it could have been at 3:30 AM," said the victim's stepfather Chris Peale.
Working alongside Chinese authorities, U.S. Marshals arrested Freeman as he tried to travel from mainland China to Hong Kong.
"It didn't go without incident, four of our guys were hurt in the struggle," said U.S. Marshal Mike Kline.
Freeman was wanted on a series of child-pornography charges.
Police say a video of him molesting a young girl is one of the most downloaded pieces of child-porn on the Internet.
Freeman reportedly molested the girl in 2001, but it went unreported for four years.
He was out on bail a year ago when he failed to appear in court.
The trail went cold last December before the victim appeared on America's Most Wanted.
Authorities are negotiating to get Freeman home where he faces charges in Benton County, Portland and authorities say they're quickly building a new case in Seattle.
Marshals have been tracking Ken Freeman in China for months, but wanted to wait until he came to Hong Kong to make the arrest. That's because the U.S. has an extradition treaty with Hong Kong.
No word though on when he'll be back.