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Paul Freeman

Freeman, Paul Donahue

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[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the official initial incident report. The Georgia Gazette does not fix any spelling or grammatical errors that may exist. Any changes or redactions made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The topics discussed may be sensitive to some readers. Discretion is advised.]

On Monday November 7th, 2022 Deputy COREY TATE with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit contacted the Express Inn located at 689 Chatsworth Hwy 225 (Gordon County), Calhoun, GA 30701 in reference to Sex Offender PAUL DONAHUE FREEMAN and spoke to manager [WITNESS #1].

[WITNESS #1] advised Deputy TATE that Sex Offender FREEMAN check out of his room on Thursday November 3rd, 2022 and still has not checked back into the motel. Offender FREEMAN has not notified the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office about moving as is required by Georgia State Law. Deputy TATE went to the Express Inn and took photographs of the daily records showing the last day Offender Freeman stayed at the Express Inn and the next day where Mr. Freeman was not checked into the Express Inn.

Manager [WITNESS #1] also stated that Mr. FREEMAN has not checked back into the Express Inn since November 3rd, 2022. Deputy TATE also seen Mr. FREEMAN sitting on the bench outside the office at the Express Inn. Deputy TATE asked FREEMAN where he’s been at all weekend and Mr. FREEMAN shrugged his shoulders and stated he been living in the woods.

Deputy TATE asked why he didn’t inform anybody that he’s moved and Mr. FREEMAN stated he didn’t know and stated that he spoke to his probation officer M. WILLS about sleeping in the woods over the weekend. Deputy TATE then spoke to Officer WILLS and she advised she has not spoke to FREEMAN and November 7th, 2022 Monday is the first she has heard about Mr. FREEMAN not staying at the Express Inn and his where abouts have been unknown for approximately 96 hours.

On October 24, 2022 Deputy TATE had learn through Officer WILLS that Sex Offender FREEMAN had lost his job at SHAW IND. on October 13th, 2022 and FREEMAN never unregistered his employment. Officer WILLS also stated that she believes Mr. FREEMAN was staying other places throughout the week and not advising anyone where he was going. Mr. FREEMAN was also changing rooms frequently as if he was checking out for a couple days and returning to the Express Inn getting new room numbers.

On Wednesday October 26, 2022 Deputy TATE contacted Mr. FREEMAN and had him come to the Sheriff’s Office to go back over Sex Offender Registry rules and Georgia State Law. At approximately 1500 hours Mr. FREEMAN arrived and was given a Sex Offender Supplemental Warning reguarding all the violations Mr. FREEMAN was violating. Deputy TATE went back over all the rules about moving and keeping the Sex Offender Registry updated with the 72 hours notices.

Mr. FREEMAN was given an initial packet to take home so he can read the rules and always have them available if he had any questions. Mr. FREEMAN was given all of Deputy TATE’S contact and email information so Mr. FREEMAN can contact Deputy TATE with any questions before violating the sex offender registry. Deputy TATE did all this for Mr. FREEMAN taking in consideration that Mr. FREEMAN was new to being on Sex Offender Registry and he may have not understood what he had to do.

Mr. FREEMAN stated he was sorry and he knows what all he had to do and signed the Supplemental Warning stating he understands. Deputy TATE is charging PAUL FREEMAN for Sex Offender Registry Violation O.C.G.A. 42-1-12 for moving from his registered home address without notifing the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office withing 72 hours prior to moving. Mr. FREEMAN’S where abouts were unknown for approximately 96 hours. All photographs and evidence is stored in the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office database as evidence.

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