Former police officer found dead
A former Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy who had pleaded guilty last week to child exploitation and voyeurism charges was found dead Monday morning.
The body of Kerry Freeberg was found under the Kentucky and Indiana Terminal Bridge in New Albany. The 58-year-old had taken his own life, the Floyd County Coroner’s Office told local news outlets.
In April 2019, Freeberg, a former detective/investigator with the sheriff’s department, was charged with one felony count of child exploitation and two felony counts of voyeurism in Floyd County, where the alleged crimes occurred. Investigators in the case said Freeberg used a hidden camera in his bathroom to capture images of a girl getting in and out of the shower. Two thumb drives containing videos of the girl as well as images of three friends of the girl were found.
Freeberg, who attended New Albany High School, served three years as an assistant volleyball coach at South Central Junior-Senior High School before taking over head coaching duties with a former assistant coach in October 2016 following the death of long-time coach Patty Shaffer.
After leaving the sheriff’s department, Freeberg was hired by the Harrison County Highway Dept. but didn’t stay long. He also was a reserve officer for a few months in 2018 with the Palmyra Police Dept. and had served as a resource officer for the South Harrison Community School Corp.
While in court Thursday, Freeberg confessed he had committed the crimes and pleaded guilty to seven counts of child exploitation and four counts of voyeurism. He remained free while awaiting sentencing, which was scheduled for July 1.