A man who allegedly exposed himself to unsuspecting shoppers in the parking lot of a local retailer Oct. 17 was arrested at his residence Thursday.
At the time of his arrest, James “Jimmy” Dale Freeman, 49, was charged with failing to register as a sex offender, a state jail felony. He was served a second warrant Friday at the Erath County Jail for indecency with a child, exposure, a third degree felony. The second charge was a result of the parking lot incident.
According to Captain Jason King with the Stephenville Police Department, the department was already working the failure to register case against Freeman when he allegedly exposed himself to the two women and child as they were loading their purchases into a vehicle.
“Sex offenders have requirements they have to follow,” King said. “When an offender moves or changes locations, they have to report those changes within a certain period of time. When they don’t come in, or come in too late, they are subject to criminal charges.”
According to the Texas Sex Offender Database, https://records.txdps.state.tx.us, Freeman was required to register after exposing himself to an eight-year-old girl in 1980. The report also states he served prison time in Huntsville.
“Information provided at the scene, including the license plate number provided by the victims, details from witnesses and surveillance video led us to Freeman’s location and his arrest,” King said. “Because of the ability of the victims and the witnesses to assist us in that tough situation and their ability to pay attention to details and get descriptions, we were able to solve the case and arrest the offender.”
At press time, Freeman remained in jail held on a $20,000 bond for failing to register and $50,000 for exposure.
If convicted of the state jail felony, Freeman faces 180 days to two years in jail and two to 10 years for the third-degree felony offense.