Teen sentenced to 50 years for rape of youth counselor

A teen has been sentenced to 50 years for the rape and attempted murder of a youth counselor in Memphis.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office says Noah Freeman, 18, pleaded guilty to aggravated rape, aggravated assault and attempted second degree murder in the brutal 2016 assault and will not be eligible for parole.

Freeman, who was 16 at the time, was in custody for the sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl who was tied to a tree in Sevier County in 2013. He was transferred to Shelby County for more treatment in 2016. During an interview with a counselor, DA Amy Weirich says Freeman held a pen to her throat and threatened to kill her if she didn’t cooperate.

The counselor escaped when Freeman was distracted by the voice of a cleaning lady and a male staff member, who arrived and subdued Freeman.

The counselor testified Friday during Freeman’s court appearance.

Freeman pleaded guilty to the crime. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison without the chance for parole. He will also be placed on the violent sex offender registry and be on community supervision for the rest of his life.

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