McDONOUGH — The name of Gary Freedman, a former Henry County commissioner, has been removed from plaques on county buildings.

Freedman, who served on the BOC for eight years until 2004, pleaded guilty to child molestation charges in 2017 and is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence at Georgia State Prison.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Freedman is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2025.

According to Melissa Robinson, Henry County’s public information director, the move came after complaints from county residents.

“County management made the decision, in consultation with the Board of Commissioners, to have his name removed from the building plaques after receiving complaints and concerns from residents,” Robinson said.

For instance, Freedman’s name had appeared on a plaque next to the front door of the Henry County Administration building, where the BOC meets and where many of the county’s top officials have offices.

Freedman’s name has been removed from the plaque, leaving a gap between the names of Commissioners Warren E. Holder and Brian Williams.

According to prosecutors, Freedman molested victims in several incidents between June 2006 and March 2014, with most sexual acts or touching surrounding bathing, swimming or sleeping. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 16.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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