Scott Freeman Mugshot provided by Denton County Court

Scott Freeman
Mugshot provided by Denton County Court

On July 30, voice actor Scott Freeman pleaded guilty to eight counts of possession of child pornography. The actor was first charged with all eight counts, which were classified as third degree felonies, on April 15, 2014.

According to the court document, Freeman violated Section 43.26 (A) of the Texas state penal code. Specifically, this is defined as “knowingly or intentionally possesses visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made who is engaging in sexual conduct.” This applies to all forms of media, including film, photographs, videotapes, slides, disks, or digital files, and is treated as a third degree felony.

In Texas, a third degree felony carries a punishment of up to ten years in prison, as well as a potential monetary fine up to $10,000.

Through a plea agreement, Freeman waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for a three year sentence at a Texas state prison, which will run concurrent with his prior sentence.

Freeman has played numerous major roles in the anime world, including Sariel in The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, England in Hetalia, and Shusei Kagari in Psycho-Pass.

Anime News Network reached out to FUNimation regarding the matter, and received the following response:

In May of 2015, FUNimation became aware of the legal matter involving Scott Freeman, at which time we suspended our relationship with Scott. In the wake of recent news, we have permanently ended the relationship. Any other questions should be directed to Scott Freeman directly.

Source: Denton County Court (via Anime News Network)