2nd arrest after ABC11 investigation

James Freeman and Sherrie Williams (Images courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)

August 11, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
Police said Thursday that they've arrested the wife of a registered sex offender who was the focus of an ABC11 I-Team investigation.

On Wednesday, deputies said registered sex offender James Freeman, 50, was charged with indecent liberties with a child, entering a place primarily for the care of minors, and failure to report a change of address.

The arrest came after the I-Team reported Tuesday that Freeman worked around children at the Quality Education Institute daycare in Raleigh as a maintenance contractor.

Now, Freeman's wife who also worked at QEI - Sherri Williams, 39 - is charged with with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse for knowingly bringing children into a residence where a sex offender lived - allowing him the opportunity to prey on the children.

Former employees - who asked not to be identified - have told ABC11 that Williams brought children home from QEI to babysit them.

Raleigh police did not confirm that, but said there were three children in the home on July 25 when Freeman allegedly inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl.

QEI daycare managers have acknowledged Freeman worked at the center, but said he did so on weekends and was not around children.

The employees who spoke with ABC11 said Freeman was at the center when children were there.

North Carolina's sex offender registry shows Freeman did more than two years behind bars on two different convictions for taking indecent liberties with minors. He was being held on $1 million bond.

Williams was released on bond Thursday.

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