New sex assault charge filed against Deltona firefighter after 13th accusation

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DELTONA, Fla. - Channel 9 has learned the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has filed an additional criminal charge against a Deltona firefighter accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women.

As of Tuesday, 12 alleged victims have come forward, accusing Terry Freeman of sexual assault, and authorities have information on a potential 13th victim.

On Tuesday, Volusia County Sheriff's investigators filed an additional sexual battery charge against Freeman. The new charge marks the sixth case in which the Sheriff's Office has filed criminal charges against Freeman.

In addition, the Orange City Police Department has filed a complaint affidavit with the state attorney's office on a seventh case.

Sheriff's investigators and Orange City police have identified a total of 12 victims; they believe there may be at least one more.

Tuesday's charge is related to an attack on a 25-year-old DeLand woman who said she met Freeman through an online dating website in October 2012.

After chatting through the site for a couple of days, the two exchanged phone numbers and eventually agreed to meet at a restaurant near DeLand, the woman said.

Afterwards, the woman said she accepted Freeman's invitation to go to a house in Deltona where he had been staying. While there, the two began kissing, but the victim said it was clear that Freeman wanted to go further. She said she asked him to stop and he did.

The two went out again a couple of weeks later and again ended up in the bedroom at Freeman's house, the woman said, but this time, when the woman told Freeman to stop, she said he didn't.

The woman said she fought back as hard as she could, but Freeman eventually overpowered and sexually assaulted her. She said she didn't report the attack at the time because she feared that no one would believe her. But the woman said she became extremely emotional when news accounts of Freeman's arrest brought back the memory of his attack on her.

She also said she was shocked because she thought she was his only victim.

Freeman remains in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on $550,000 bond.

A judge will decide whether to set an additional bond on Tuesday's charge.

Sheriff's investigators believe there still could be additional victims. Victims and others with additional information regarding Freeman are urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 386-860-7030.