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Hong Kong hearing for U.S. man accused of rape

July 03, 2007|From the Associated Press

HONG KONG — An American man accused of raping his daughter and posting videos of the abuse online was due to appear today in a Hong Kong court.

Kenneth John Freeman, a fugitive on America's most-wanted lists, was expected to challenge a request to extradite him to the United States, as he had indicated through his lawyer in the last hearing in May.

The proceedings had been adjourned for two months to give the United States time to prepare supporting documents for Freeman's extradition.

He has remained in custody during the period.

Freeman, a 44-year-old bodybuilder, has been charged in Benton County Superior Court in Washington state with three counts of child rape and jumping bail.

Freeman faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted.

He also faces federal charges of producing and distributing child pornography.

Freeman was arrested at a Hong Kong checkpoint on the border with mainland China in May after fleeing Seattle last year, after his 17-year-old daughter told her mother he had assaulted her four years earlier.

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