A jail house informant who testified earlier this week that McMartin Pre-School defendant Raymond Buckey had admitted, while they were cell mates, to multiple child molestations may have committed perjury in an earlier case, Deputy Dist. Atty. Lael Rubin told a judge Wednesday.
"We believe Mr. (George) Freeman may have lied under oath," Rubin said after asking Superior Court Judge William Pounders to appoint an attorney to advise the oft-convicted felon, who contacted authorities after sharing a cell with Buckey for two days in March, 1984.
Freeman is the only adult witness who has testified to knowledge of Buckey's alleged sexual abuse. He testified that Buckey confessed to sodomizing a 2-year-old and mentioned molesting several other children, having sex with his sister and burying incriminating photographs in South Dakota.
Buckey, 29, and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, 60, are charged with 99 counts of molestation and one count of conspiracy involving 14 children who attended the now-closed Manhattan Beach nursery school.