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Local Lawmen Honored with National Award

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.--Benton County Sheriff's Detective, Joe Marsh, and Deputy Marshal, Jeff Marty, are being honored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Their hard work and effort led to the arrest of Kenneth John Freeman. Freeman faces rape charges in Benton County along with a series of federal child pornography charges.

The award, Marsh and Marty say, represents the initiatives of numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who collectively tracked down Freeman in Hong Kong.

"There were a lot of people involved in this case," mentions Deputy Marshal Jeff Marty. A lot of people worked very hard."

"Having the support that we had in order to apprehend Freeman was very nice," says Benton County Sheriff's Detective Joe Marsh.

Both Marsh and Marty will be honored at the 13th Annual Congressional Breakfast in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 8th.

At that time, they will meet with John Walsh, children's advocate and host of America's Most Wanted.