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'It was sickening'; former officer acquitted in sex case speaks out

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A former Wellston police officer and resource officer accused of having sex with a high school student was found not guilty in A St. Louis County courtroom this week.  Now, Ronald Freeman is speaking out.

"It really has really been a bad experience. I wouldn't wish this on anyone," Freeman said exclusively to News 4.

In 2012, Freeman was accused of having sex with a Normandy High School student while he was a resource officer there. Earlier this week, his case went before a jury. He was also face to face with his accuser. 

"It made me sick to my stomach to actually see someone who can lie about someone. It was sickening," he said.

The woman was 20 at the time, he was 27. Her school status came into question during the trial because when the two met, she was starting her seventh year of high school.  

"There wasn't any relationship with her," explained Freeman. "We had sex one time. I met her before I even became employed with the school district." 

During trial, the judge found the woman's testimony not consistent and she didn't show up for cross examination. The jury sided with Freeman. 

"I was excited. The only thing I could do was drop down to the table and shed tears. It's been a long time coming," he says. 

With his trial behind him, Freeman still has one question. It's to his accuser. 

"What made you feel it was okay to come up with a horrific story to get someone arrested or to be facing time? Why? I don't want to know anything but why. That is it," he says. 

With his freedom back, Freeman says he's ready for the next chapter. 

"I live my life and hopefully get a chance to get back into law enforcement somewhere someway, someone willing to give me a chance. I'd appreciate it," he says.

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